July 7, 2011

Vanderbilt Siren Test to be This Saturday, July 9

The monthly test of the Vanderbilt Outdoor warning sirens will immediately following the test of the Metro sirens at noon. The siren test was rescheduled from July 2—it was postponed due to the U2 concert.

The Metro sirens are tested on the first Saturday of each month. The Vanderbilt University Sirens are tested immediately following the test of the Davidson County Sirens to allow individuals to be able to hear and distinguish the Metro sirens from the VU sirens by both location and distinctive alert tone.

During tests, the sirens typically sound for only 15-30 seconds; during an actual alert, the sirens sound for three minutes.

The test of the Vanderbilt siren system is preceded by an announcement stating “This is a test of the Vanderbilt Severe Weather Sirens. This is ONLY a test.” Because voice announcements do not carry as far as the siren's wail, the announcements may not be audible in all locations prior to the test.

To listen to a sound sample of Vanderbilt 's outdoor warning sirens or for more information regarding the Vanderbilt Severe Weather Warning System, go to http://emergency.vanderbilt.edu/plans/weather_warningsystem.htm.