VCU Testing New Security Siren System

September 18, 2007

Virginia Commonwealth University plans to have a test run of their new security measures inspired by the April 16th shootings at Virginia Tech.

The school plans to sound a pair of 130 decibel sirens at noon on Wednesday. One is at the Monroe Park campus, the other at VCU Medical Center.

They will sound for one minute, followed by a 30-second even tone that will signal an all-clear and the end of the test. The sirens were installed this summer on VCU's Richmond campus in response to the Tech shootings.

The sirens are part of an emergency-information system at VCU that includes text messages, digital signs, computer desktop alerts, e-mails and information posted on the university's Web site.

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