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June 22, 2007

County emergency sirens to be tested July 7

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Tippecanoe County Emergency Management will test its outdoor all-hazard warning sirens at 11 a.m. Saturday (July 7) unless there are adverse weather conditions.The sirens can be used for a variety of emergencies, not just weather-related ones, said Carol A. Shelby, Purdue University's senior director of environmental health and safety.

"As part of Purdue's emergency alert plan, the outdoor all-hazard warning sirens are a first line of emergency notification to alert the community to take shelter," she said. "If the sirens sound at any other time other than a test, people should take cover and go to the lowest level of the building they are in. Purdue will relay the nature of the problem to campus via the Purdue home page, building deputies, Facebook, news media and e-mail."

In case of an emergency, everyone should remain in place until the all-clear message is broadcast that the emergency has passed, Shelby said.

The sirens are tested at 11 a.m. on the first Saturday each month when weather permits.

Writer: Christy Jones, (765) 494-1089, christyjones@purdue.edu

Source: Carol A. Shelby, (765) 494-7504, cshelby@purdue.edu

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