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ETSU to test mass notification systems

JOHNSON CITY – As part of its continued emphasis on campus safety, East Tennessee State University will test its mass notification systems on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 9:35 a.m.

The system includes an outdoor warning siren system with five large speakers strategically placed on the main campus and on the VA campus, an emergency text messaging service called GoldAlert, an alert message on the ETSU homepage and a public address system in select university buildings.


ETSU’s outdoor siren system will sound at 9:35 a.m. Once it begins, GoldAlert, the ETSU alert website, and the PA system will be activated. The outdoor warning system will include a siren wail followed by the message, “Attention! This is a test of the ETSU Emergency Alert System. This is only a test.” During this process, no action on behalf of ETSU students and employees is required.

ETSU’s mass notification systems were installed in 2008.  Students, faculty and staff may register for the GoldAlert emergency text message service by visiting and clicking the “Register” link.

For more information, contact Andrew Worley, ETSU emergency management specialist, at 423-439-6114 or .

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