VCU to test emergency communication system on Wednesday including sirens

The full test will include the sirens along with text messages.

Don’t freak out when your phone, email, and Twitter light up with alerts while you hear siren blaze in the Fan. This is only a test. I repeat this only a test.

From the Press Release:

Virginia Commonwealth University will conduct a full test of its emergency communication systems, including 10 sirens throughout the Monroe Park and MCV campuses, at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 4.

The full test will include the sirens along with text messages, Alertus boxes, mass email, digital signs, social media and VCU website information – all part of a multichannel system for communicating emergency information to VCU students, faculty, staff, visitors and the community.

VCU remains committed to supporting a wide variety of emergency alert technologies to distribute emergency information in a timely and effective manner. These various technologies help inform the VCU community of the necessary and prudent protective actions in a comprehensive manner.

Parents and community members may sign up for VCU’s text message alert system at to receive information about campus emergencies and cancellations.

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