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VCU to put emergency alerts to test

Wednesday - 2/1/2012, 8:36am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Commonwealth University is putting its emergency communication systems to a test.

At 10 a.m. Wednesday, 10 sirens throughout the Monroe Park and MCV campuses will sound. Besides the sirens, the full test will include text messages, digital signs, emails, classroom alerts and website information.

The system is intended to provide emergency information not only to VCU students, but also to workers, parents and neighbors.

The sirens can be heard beyond the borders of VCU's Richmond campus. They will sound for three minutes.


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