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Emergency communication systems to be tested Friday

Ohio University's Athens campus will test several of its emergency communication systems around noon on Friday, Sept. 4.

The University will test its emergency communication through text messaging, outdoor notification system, CatVision, Alertus, social media, email, and the emergency page.

Emergency communication tools are tested periodically to ensure they are working properly and to help familiarize the campus community with how they will operate in an emergency.

Alertus sends a pop-up full screen alert message to all computers in centrally scheduled classrooms. During the outdoor notification system test, the system will broadcast a tone, followed by a pre-recorded test message over speakers located at various points on campus. It is designed to notify people who are outdoors at the time of an emergency and is not intended to inform those who are indoors.

For more information on emergency preparedness or to sign up for emergency notifications, visit the Ohio University Emergency Page at www.ohio.edu/alert.