02/08/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/08/2023 16:38
Baylor will test tornado sirens along with required testing of University emergency Baylor Alert system
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WACO, Texas (Feb. 8, 2023) - After weather postponed its regular first Friday siren test on Feb. 3, Baylor University will test its outdoor tornado sirens, beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10. In addition, Baylor will conduct a required test of the multi-tiered Baylor Alert emergency notification system, which is used to alert the campus community of a significant emergency or threat on or near campus.
On the first Friday of each month, Baylor joins city and county partners for regular joint testing of tornado sirens. If there is a weather-related emergency - including a tornado warning where a tornado is imminent - Baylor, the city and county will activate their outdoor sirens to alert the public to take action to stay safe. Throughout the year, Baylor will continue to test its sirens on the first Friday of each month.
What to expect from tests of outdoor sirens, Baylor Alert system
On the morning of the Feb. 10 test, the Baylor Emergency Management team will send a Baylor Alert email from [email protected] at 9:30 a.m. and a Baylor Alert text message at 9:45 a.m. to members of the Baylor community alerting them of the outdoor tornado siren testing. The text message will come from one of the following short codes: 226787, 67283, 78015 and 77295.
At 10 a.m., the outdoor tornado siren testing will begin with a test voice announcement, followed by the outdoor siren test that will last about 60 seconds.
During the testing period, Baylor also will test messages on official University social media channels @Baylor on Twitter, @BaylorUniversity1845 on Facebook and @bayloruniversity on Instagram, as well as website communications on the main Baylor website (www.baylor.edu) and the Baylor Information Line at 254-710-4411.
Feedback about the outdoor tornado siren testing can be directed to the Baylor Office of Emergency Management at [email protected] or 254-710-2836 (BUEM).
More information about emergency preparedness, including safety procedures in the event of a tornado warning, and the Baylor Alert notification system is available at on the Baylor Office of Emergency Management and Fire Safety website at www.baylor.edu/emergency.
How to sign up for Baylor Alert
Baylor University's Department of Public Safety and its emergency management team use the multi-tiered Baylor Alert systems - from outdoor and indoor loudspeakers to text and email messages - to share important information and instructions for students, faculty, staff and visitors for all kinds of hazards, from severe weather to other dangerous situations.
Baylor students may enter/update their Baylor Alert contact information by logging on to BearWeb. Employees can enter/update their emergency contact information through the Ignite system. Instructions are available HERE. Parents can be added as an "alternate Baylor Alert contact" by their student in BearWeb.
In addition, parents, visitors, contractors and other individuals can opt-in to receive Baylor Alert text messages by using one of following options:
Frequently Asked Questions about City of Waco Emergency Management Warning Sirens are available on the McLennan County website. Additional information about City of Waco Emergency Management is available on the City of Waco website.
Baylor University Severe Weather Safety Procedures:
Individuals with mobility/impairments or physical disabilities:
Supervisory personnel and course instructors are responsible for identifying and escorting individuals with mobility impairments or physical disabilities located in their offices/facilities or classrooms to safety in the event of a tornado warning.
The elevators may be used to transport individuals with mobility impairments or physical disabilities and their escorts to a safer location. Visually impaired and hearing-impaired individuals may be escorted down the stairs but may require assistance in moving in crowded staircases and in finding a safer location.
In the event of a power failure, individuals who are unable to use the stairs and their escorts should move to an interior location without windows and call the Baylor University Police Department (254-710-2222) who will notify the appropriate emergency personnel with the location.
ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked Research 1 institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 20,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.
ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
The Baylor University Department of Public Safety serves as an umbrella department for the Baylor University Police Department, emergency management and fire safety, global safety and security, technical security and parking and transportation. The DPS is set on providing students, faculty and alumni with excellent security and safety through instant notification systems, extensive surveillance cameras and highly trained staff.