COLLEGE TO TEST ON-CAMPUS EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM JUNE 26

6/22/2009

SUNY Orange to Conduct Test of Indoor Message Boards; Interior and Exterior Public Address Speakers

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange will conduct a test of its new on-campus emergency alert system at the Middletown campus during the late morning and early afternoon hours of Friday, June 26.

Because the system includes speakers mounted atop several buildings on campus, the College’s residential neighbors are likely to hear the test messages. Testing will include audible “Test! Test! Test!” messages being broadcast periodically throughout the day as the College analyzes and checks the system. The exact time of the test has not been established because the College’s safety and security personnel will be undergoing training on the system in the morning. Training must be satisfactorily completed prior to the actual test.

The new system in Middletown includes scrolling message boards placed indoors in high traffic areas as well as speakers that broadcast alerts inside buildings and across exterior areas, including the Alumni Green and outlying parking lots. When necessary, pre-formatted alert messages will be transmitted in English and Spanish. Customized text and audio alerts can also be sent through the system, but will only be available in English.

Over the past 12 months, SUNY Orange administrators have implemented a myriad of measures aimed at enhancing campus safety, organizing responses to potential emergencies and improving communications with students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940
845-341-4728
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