University currently conducting several TESTS of its emergency response procedures

Do not be alarmed. This is only a test.

Brandeis University is currently conducting several TESTS of its emergency response procedures. We are testing the Brandeis outdoor sirens as part of this exercise. If this had been a real emergency, this message would have included further instructions for what to do.

Please do not be alarmed. This is only a test.

The tests involve the evacuation of several buildings, and the testing of several tools of the Brandeis Emergency Notification System (BENS), including the outdoor siren system, the telephone public-address system and the voicemail and text-message systems.

This is another in a series of safety tests occurring in cooperation with the Waltham Police and Fire Departments, the Brandeis Public Safety Department, the Office of the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Library and Technology Services, and the Office of Communications.

What You Should Expect

Between 11 and 11:30 a.m.

1. The campus emergency OUTDOOR sirens will be TESTED. The sirens will be sounded intermittently in various zones on campus starting at approximately 11 a.m. Each time the siren is tested, the siren will sound for three minutes or so. The testing of the siren system across campus should take approximately 30 minutes. If this were a real emergency, once you hear the siren you would seek shelter and look for further instructions. In a real emergency, this information would be provided on university telephones (voice and text messages), e-mail, the university home page ( and via the text-messaging option on your cell phone, once it is registered.

2. You will receive a short text and voice message on your Brandeis University telephone and your personal cell phone (if registered) informing you that Brandeis is testing its emergency telephone text and voicemail systems. Again, this is only a TEST. In the event of a real emergency, you would receive instructions and information.

3. You will be notified of the TEST on the university home page (

Between 11:30 and 11:45 a.m.

The all-clear "chimes" will sound outdoors. "All-clear" signals will be sent over the emergency broadcast systems, including Brandeis telephones and registered cell phones.

Thank you in advance for your full cooperation. Your participation and efforts will help to maintain a safe and secure environment on the Brandeis campus.

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