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Barbra Rodriguez
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2013

Warning System Test November 6

Event: The University of Texas at Austin will test two early warning systems recently installed at the Pickle Research Campus (PRC) and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

When: November 6, 2013 at 11:50 am.

Where: PRC and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Background: The University of Texas at Austin installed an outdoor warning system on its main campus in February 2007. The system consists of strategically placed sirens that warn the university community to take shelter in the event of an emergency, such as a severe weather event.  The system also has the capability to provide protective actions via voice. The two new locations (PRC and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center) do not have sirens, rather they produce a short series of loud alert sounds, proceeded by verbal instructions.  The system may be activated either by the University Police Department or locally. The speaker arrays are engineered to provide little spill over into neighboring communities.  (Images of speaker array reach attached.)

As with the main campus outdoor warning system and other mass communications, the PRC and Wildflower Center systems will continue to be tested on a regular basis.

 

For more information, contact: Rhonda Weldon, 512-471-4472 or rhonda.weldon@austin.utexas.edu

 

To learn more about the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center visit their website here: www.wildflower.org

 

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