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Campus Outdoor Warning System

As one element of the Illinois College alert system, the College has installed an outdoor warning siren on the roof of Turner Residence Hall in the fall of 2007.

In the event of an emergency which urgently threatens the safety of persons outdoors, the College may sound the siren. The siren tones are designed to be quite loud, distinct and the sound will carry throughout the campus and should be easily heard by those outdoors on campus.

This siren is designed to be heard OUTDOORS ONLY. While some personnel on campus may be able to hear the siren, indoors, that was not the primary intention. The pre-recorded and live public announcements that may follow the siren tones may echo among the buildings on campus and how well you will be able to understand the messages will depend on your location. We are aware that in some areas of the campus the messages may be difficult to understand.

Regardless if you can comprehend the voice instructions, the default action anytime the siren is sounded is to:

TAKE SHELTER AND SEEK FURTHER INFORMATION FROM OTHER ILLINOIS COLLEGE ALERT RESOURCES!

Siren Tones and Their Meanings
Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the warning sirens, messages and their meanings. Simply click on the link below to hear the tones and messages.

Alert: This is the tone that the City of Jacksonville uses to declare a tornado warning. The siren will wail for five minutes. This means that a tornado has been spotted in the area and you should seek immediate shelter inside in an interior hallway or basement away from windows and doors. Stay there until the weather threat is over. Listen to the tone.

Whoop: This is the tone designated strictly for Illinois College emergencies. This tone may be followed with one of the voice messages below and/or an email alert and IC ALERT message with further instructions. Listen to the tone.

Messages and their meanings
This is a test. This is a test of the Illinois College emergency notification system. This is only a test. This is a test. This is a test of the Illinois College emergency notification system. This is only a test. This is a test. This is a test of the Illinois College emergency notification system. This is only a test. Listen to the message.

Attention: An emergency condition exists, stand by for instructions. Attention: An emergency condition exists, stand by for instructions. Attention: An emergency condition exists, stand by for instructions. This message may be preceded by the Illinois College siren tone and followed up with an email alert and/or IC ALERT message with further instructions. Listen to the message.

A campus wide emergency has been declared, Lock yourself into a room immediately, seek immediate shelter indoors, await further instructions. A campus wide emergency has been declared, Lock yourself into a room immediately, seek immediate shelter indoors, await further instructions. This message may be preceded by the Illinois College siren tone and followed up with an email alert and/or IC ALERT message with further instructions. Listen to the message.

Severe weather warning. Seek shelter immediately. Severe weather warning. Seek shelter immediately. Severe weather warning. Seek shelter immediately. This message will be sounded without any siren when severe weather is eminent and the city has not activated their sirens. If you hear this message you should seek cover inside a sturdy building away from doors and windows. Listen to the message.

All clear. The emergency is over. All clear. All clear. The emergency is over. All clear.

All clear. The emergency is over. All clear. This message indicates the threat is over and you can resume normal activities. Listen to the message.

Please note: The City of Jacksonville tests the tornado siren once a month at 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday of the month.

    
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