On Wednesday afternoon, the University of Central Florida will be performing emergency communication tests to ensure that in the case of a real emergency, everyone can be alerted as quickly and efficiently as possible.
These tests will be trying out the multi-media communication systems that make up "UCF Alert."
This includes the e-mails texts we're used to getting throughout the year, Web updates, social media, sirens and more, which are used to provide timely and accurate information during emergency situations.
The tests will begin around noon with outdoor sirens lasting approximately 15 minutes. There are four outdoor sirens on campus, according to the UCF Alert website, which will produce a tone followed by voice instructions.
Students who have not opted out of receiving emergency messages will be receiving a text message announcing the tests as well as an e-mail to all Knights e-mail accounts at around 1 p.m.
At this time, the main UCF website will also be running its emergency test from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. using an alert bar at the top of the page.
According to an e-mail sent out to students, the main UCF website will still be fully functional during the test, though it may be text-only.
Along with the outside sirens, more than 40 buildings on the UCF campus will have indoor notifications similar to that of the outdoor sirens. These will be taking place from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will only last a few minutes to minimize disruptions.
The tests to the emergency communication tools will also affect WUCF-89.9 FM, social media and HEARO emergency radios ‒ radios that UCF provides to campus personnel who assist with emergency responses.
For more details about the tests, visit https://today.ucf.edu/ucf-to-test-emergency-communication-tools-july-20/.
And, for more information about the UCF Alert emergency communication system, visit www.emergency.ucf.edu/ucfalert.html.
Story originally posted on July 19, 2016.