May 5, 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., and will test the device on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at noon.

“Due to the diverse topography of our region, we can’t be sure how far our siren will emit its alerts,” said President B. James Dawson. “So, we are calling on our community to report if they can hear the siren during the test on May 21.”

The University has set up a voicemail box at 423.869.6784 for the public to call and record a short message identifying the location you were at when you heard the siren. Additionally, you can report the siren on social media tweeting your location with the hashtag #LMUSiren or posting a comment to the LMU Facebook page.

The siren has been installed on the roof of the Tex Turner Arena at the back of campus. The LMU Police and Security control center will administer the siren. Representatives from Federal Signal, the manufacturer of the siren, will visit LMU the week of the May 19 to complete training and installation culminating in the test.

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. Both signals may be heard during the test.

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:
•Evaluate your surroundings and immediately seek information
•Be prepared to take immediate self-protective action

About LMU
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

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