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Valarie Smith
Executive Secretary

Whats That Sound? It's the Outdoor Warning Siren

Whats That Sound? It's the Outdoor Warning Siren

Houston, Sept. 14, 2018 —The University of Houston Outdoor Warning Siren System is designed to alert students, faculty, staff and visitors in the event of a shelter in place emergency where it is unsafe to be outdoors.

The system is activated by the University and provides a quick method of notifying the entire campus with an audible tone that can be heard outdoors. It is not intended to be heard indoors.

If the alarm sounds, people who are outside should seek shelter inside a building and remain there until the all clear is given.

During an emergency, the siren system is used in conjunction with the UH ALERT emergency notification system, which includes other communication channels like text message, email, the UH ALERT website, social media channels, digital signage and the UH Go mobile app. For more information about UH ALERT, visit here.

The siren system is tested monthly on the first Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. These tests are announced via email from the UH ALERT system.

For more information and to view frequently asked questions, visit the UH Outdoor Warning Siren System website. The UH community may also print out and post the Siren Awareness poster in their buildings.

About the University of Houston

The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation's best colleges for undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation's fourth-largest city, UH serves more than 46,300 students in the most ethnically and culturally diverse region in the country.