Tests of Campus Emergency Alert Systems

The Office of Communications and External Relations sent the following email to the campus community regarding upcoming tests of the campus’ emergency alert systems.


Wake Forest University on Saturday, Dec. 8 will test two of the methods it uses to announce campus emergencies—the outdoor alert system and the text/phone alert system.  Both are part of Wake Alert, the University’s emergency notification program, which provides information and advisories via a number of communication channels.

At 11 a.m., Wake Forest will test the outdoor alert system.  During testing of the outdoor system, speakers at four locations will broadcast an electronic tone followed by an announcement stating that the system is being tested. The outdoor system features a siren, too, but it will not be activated.

The outdoor system’s four speakers will broadcast the tone and message from the following locations: Davis Field beside Wake Forest Road, an area behind Kentner Stadium near radio station WFDD, an area along Wingate Road near the offices and shops of Facilities and Campus Services, and an area between University Corporate Center and BB&T Field.

At 1 p.m., the University will test the text/phone alert system. During testing, the alert system will send a text message to students, faculty and staff who have registered their cell phones with the University.

The alert system will leave a voice mail message on the office phones of faculty and staff who have not registered a cell phone. The following message will be received: This is a test of the WFU Emergency Mobile Phone Alert System. It is not necessary to reply to this message.

If  students, faculty members or staff members have not registered their cell phones, they may go online to register.  Visit wakeready.wfu.edu and click on the text alerts icon to find directions.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations


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