GGC to test new siren system beginning January 24

Georgia Gwinnett College has installed sirens for alerting the campus community about situations presenting imminent, life-threatening danger. This includes tornados and severe weather, violent crime and hazardous material incidents on or near campus.

Georgia Gwinnett College has installed sirens for alerting the campus community about situations presenting imminent, life-threatening danger. This includes tornados and severe weather, violent crime and hazardous material incidents on or near campus.

“The sirens will enable us to quickly warn students and staff about life-threatening dangers on campus at any time of day or night,” said Eddie Beauchamp, vice president for Facilities and Operations at GGC. “The sirens will only be used when it is necessary that people take immediate shelter or shelter in place.”

When the sirens are activated, they will sound for eight seconds, after which a pre-recorded voice message will direct listeners as to the type of emergency and steps they must take to ensure their safety. When the situation has passed, the sirens will be activated again, followed by a voiced, “all-clear” message.

The sirens will be managed by the college’s Department of Public Safety, which will determine the need for people to take shelter based on the specific emergency. The department has installed software for evaluating storm information from the National Weather Service. The sirens will sound only if GGC is in the potential path of the storm.

The public-address capability of the siren system also allows the college to make non-emergency announcements to the campus community.

GGC will test its new tornado sirens during the week of January 24. It will be necessary to sound the sirens more than once during the course of the testing. While the sirens may be heard at some distance from campus, some voiced public address test messages also may be heard within nearby neighborhoods.

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