Siren test scheduled for Feb. 16

The University will test the emergency sirens and emergency communication procedures on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 12:30 p.m. UNC-Chapel Hill tests the Alert Carolina System and sirens each semester to make sure the equipment and notification processes work as planned. During this siren test, no action is required.

Anyone outside on campus or near campus likely will hear the sirens. The sirens are not designed to be heard inside buildings or while you are in a vehicle. The sirens will sound an alert tone along with a brief pre-recorded voice message. When testing is complete, a different siren tone and voice message will signal “All clear. Resume regular activities.”

The University also sends a text message to cell phone users who registered their numbers in the online Alert Carolina Contact Information page available through the ONYEN services website. In an emergency, the University will post safety-related announcements on the Alert Carolina website,, along with updates. A mobile-friendly version of the Alert Carolina website can be found at
Published February 12, 2015.