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April 7, 2008

UI to test campus sirens for Severe Weather Awareness Week

The University of Iowa will test its outdoor emergency warning siren system beginning at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, April 9. The test will last 5-10 minutes. The sirens will be tested but there will not be any voice messaging during this test.

The test will coincide with Johnson County Emergency Management Agency's monthly tornado siren test. The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division and the National Weather Service have declared April 7-11, 2008, Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa.

The Hawk Alert messaging system will not be involved in this test. However, if a tornado was approaching the UI campus a Hawk Alert message would be issued. If a tornado was not a threat to the campus but in Johnson County, the UI Outdoor Warning System sirens would sound in conjunction with the Johnson County sirens, but a Hawk Alert message would not be issued.

Students, faculty and staff are asked to report any problems they experience with the campus siren system to the UI Department of Public Safety at 319-335-5022.

More information on the UI's outdoor warning system can be found at

More information on the Hawk Alert system can be found at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Charles Green, University Police, 319-335-5026,; Steve Parrott,, 319-335-0552 (office), 319-530-6972 (cell).