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UNCW to sound alarm for emergency test

The alert system will be tested this week. (Port City Daily/File)

WILMINGTON — The local university will be testing its emergency alarm via the UNCWAlert system this week.

Locals shouldn’t be worried upon hearing the system activated June 6 through the 8. The UNCW Office of Environmental Health and Safety, university police and Office of University Relations are doing routine monitoring as to familiarize the campus community with notification procedures; the alert also helps with maintenance. 

On June 6 and 7 there will be short bursts, “growling,” and/or speaker system messaging, according to a release from the university. Then on June 8, the quarterly full volume test will take place at noon, accompanied by activation of other alerting tools. 

UNCW has three active campus locations in the county, including on S. College Road (main campus), Myrtle Grove (Center for Marine Studies) and Wrightsville Beach. 

“To protect students, faculty, and staff at these locations, the UNCW siren will sound the alert tone for a tornado warning affecting any part of New Hanover County,” according to the release. “The alert tone will sound every 30 minutes while the warning is active. An all-clear tone will sound when the warning is over.” 

All students, faculty and staff, as well as community members who signed up for emergency messages, will receive text alerts and messages.

Registration can be done here.   

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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