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LMU INVESTS IN EMERGENCY SIREN



April 29, 2014 - Harrogate, Tennessee -- Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) has installed an Eclipse 8 omnidirectional siren to alert the community of public safety or weather-related emergencies on its main campus in Harrogate, Tenn. Additionally, the University has invested in indoor alerting devices, Informer-IP’s, for extended learning sites and off-campus structures.

“This is a significant investment in the safety and security of our academic community,” said President B. James Dawson. “Our people are our greatest resource and it is vital that we take every possible measure to protect them. This siren is an essential layer of our safety infrastructure, one that will improve our ability to alert the community if there is immediate danger.”

Funded through the University’s capital improvement budget, the funds were approved by the LMU Board of Trustees. Following extensive research by Dean of Administration Lisa Blair Cox and Director of Data Center Infrastructure Michael Disney, the Federal Signal Eclipse 8 siren was selected. The siren is capable of emitting signals that will also be relayed through the Informer-IP’s.

The LMU Police and Security control center will administer the siren. The emergency siren is intended only to warn campus occupants that may be outside of buildings of impending severe weather or campus safety threats. The siren is intended to be an adjunct warning tool and will not replace any facet of LMU’s current alert system, E2Campus. It will work in conjunction with the system as another layer of communication. The weather warning siren will be activated whenever severe weather is anticipated to pass through or near the Harrogate area and there is sufficient time to process the warning. As weather is very difficult to predict and severe weather may develop suddenly and without notice, the weather warning siren may not be able to be activated for every occurrence.

A two-signal system will be employed through the siren. A steady tone will indicate a weather emergency, like a tornado warning. A low-high repeater tone will indicate a public safety threat. Both warnings should alert people to take appropriate action immediately.

During an actual emergency it may be hard to distinguish between the two signals. Regardless of which siren is activated the same initial actions are indicated:
•Stop
•Evaluate your surroundings and immediately seek information
•Be prepared to take immediate self-protective action

“It is vitally important that the community know and understand what they are hearing when the siren goes off. We don’t want to initiate a panic in these situations, rather an alertness that will keep everyone safe and secure,” Cox said. “Your best protection is to be aware of possible severe weather in the area, monitor local conditions, and be prepared to act to seek refuge.”

Informer-IPs will be installed at the Center for the Arts in Cumberland Gap and the LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine Large Animal Teaching and Research Center (LATRC) in Lee County, Va. Additionally, Informer-IPs will also be installed in LMU-operated extended learning sites including the LMU-Duncan School of Law, LMU-Cedar Bluff and LMU-Blount County. The Informer-IPs can relay emergency alerts from the main siren or be used to communicate an emergency specific to each site. The Informer-IP’s also have the capability to trigger alerts back to the University’s emergency communications and operations center and can emit both tones and voice or audio alerts. This is an ongoing project to enhance safety throughout the LMU academic community. Informer-IPs will continue to be installed at other LMU extended learning sites.

LMU’s Sigmon Communications Center is assisting in the development and rollout of a public information campaign which will include news stories on LMU-TV, public service announcements and demonstration videos for the LMU website. Campus Public and Safety Specialist Louis Collins is visiting community partners including law enforcement agencies, the National Park Service and community agencies to answer questions and share information.

Officials from Federal Signal will be in Harrogate later this month to train LMU Police and Security employees. A test of the siren will take place on Wednesday, May 21 at noon and both signals may be heard at that time.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at admissions@lmunet.edu.

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