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William & Mary to test emergency siren June 5

William & Mary will test its emergency alert system Wednesday, June 5, 2013. The drill, which will be conducted at 12:15 p.m., will include both a test of the campus-wide siren system and the annual Continuity of Operations Exercise.

The Continuity of Operations Exercise will test the university’s emergency communications capabilities in the event of failure of its regular mass notification system. Due to the special exercise, the emergency test will not include text messages or non-campus telephones. The university does anticipate all other emergency communication systems to be activated during the test.

The 120-decibel siren system is stationed above the Integrated Science Center, the William & Mary Law School on South Henry Street and the School of Education building off Monticello Avenue. In the event of a real emergency, people in the community who hear the siren may check for information and instructions at

Members of the local community can also follow emergency news through the William & Mary News Facebook and Twitter pages.