Centralia College will test its emergency alert systems Wednesday, Jan. 27.
At 10 a.m., the college will test its e2campus system, which provides text messages or other alerts to subscribed users, and its on-campus computer network alert system.
At 10:30 a.m., the college will test an external siren system it is considering for the new TransAlta Commons Building. For that test, a large siren will be put on a lift at the construction site. A series of tones and voice alerts will be broadcast across campus for no more than 30 minutes.
“We’re testing the sound penetration across campus to determine how well it works for Centralia College,” explained Steve Ward, vice president of administrative services. “A siren system could be very helpful to alert students in an emergency, but we want to test the system to see if it reaches all areas of campus.”
College staff will be stationed throughout campus to rate the different tones and alerts. That information will be evaluated to determine if an exterior siren will work for Centralia College.
“We want to be as prepared as possible in the event of an emergency,” explained Ward. “This testing will be invaluable as we evaluate how to make our campus as safe as possible.”