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 SRU to Test New Weather Emergency System on Tuesday 

 

SPOTLIGHT

April 12, 2005

Contact: Ross C. Feltz --- 724-738-2919, cell: 724-679-1376,  or e-mail: ross.feltz@sru.edu

NEW EMERGENCY AIR HORN TO BE TESTED APRIL 19TH

SRU RESIDENCE HALL STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN SEVERE WEATHER DRILL

           SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University will test a new severe weather emergency air horn that will be heard throughout the area for the first time at 7 p.m. Tuesday [April 19].

           There will be groups of three, five-second blasts of the air horn with a 10-second interval after each group. The pattern will be: three, five-second blasts followed by a 10-second interval, then another three, five-second blasts and a 10-second interval, continuing for two minutes.

           “This will be a new sound to area residents since it is new device to our campus. We want local residents to be prepared for it and to know that this is a test for the horn and a drill for our campus community,” explained Ross Feltz, director of university public relations.

           “In the future, when area residents hear this sound and this pattern, they will know that severe weather such as a tornado is in the area, unless they’ve been notified of a scheduled drill,” Feltz added.

           The drill portion of the test will be confined to SRU’s campus. Students in the university’s residence halls will participate by moving to the lowest part of their building when they hear the first, five-second warning blasts.

           After a brief period following the warning, a 30-second blast will signify the “all clear.”

           “Emergency preparation and training are extremely important for maintaining an environment that does as much as possible to keep our community safe,” said Feltz.

           “Bill Rudloff, our university director of environmental health and safety, has provided very knowledgeable leadership to bring us into the National Incidence Management System form of planning. We are ahead of many in the state in this regard,” said Feltz.

           Overseeing the drill also will be President Robert M. Smith, Rudloff, Robert Christy, interim director of University Police; and other administrators. “Representative of various state and local departments responsible for emergency preparedness will also be observing our drill,” Feltz said.

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