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Sept. 21, 2007

University to test outdoor emergency warning system

The University of Iowa will test its new outdoor warning system from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25.

The warning system alert is similar to the alerts given by sirens located throughout Johnson County. The university warning system will also have pre-recorded messages that will accompany the warning tones. The system is also capable of being used for public announcements.

The test will include the activation of the system's eight alerts, with the longest lasting five minutes. There will be a 15-minute break between each alert sequence to allow the system's amplifiers and speaker drivers to cool down.

With the placement of the warning towers, the system will be heard in neighborhoods located near the main and Oakdale campuses.

In the event of rain on Sept. 25, the test will be held Tuesday, Oct. 2.

STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1000

MEDIA CONTACT: Linda Kettner, University Relations,, 319-384-0030