September 27, 2022

Purdue ALERT test set for Thursday (Sept. 29)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University will test its emergency notification system, including sirens, at 10 a.m. Thursday (Sept. 29).

The test will be used to simulate a live situation for practice, said Jefferson Howells, Purdue Emergency Preparedness director. The test also meets the U.S. Department of Education’s requirement of at least one test each year. Purdue routinely tests the Purdue ALERT system during both fall and spring semesters.

The alert system includes campuswide notifications through email, text messaging, Twitter and information posted to the WL Campus Emergency Status webpage. Additionally, the All-Hazards Outdoor Sirens, Alertus beacons installed in large classrooms, desktop pop-up alerts on most classroom and lab computers, more than 300 digital signs, and Boiler TV emergency alert systems will be activated. The alert posted to the WL Campus Emergency Status webpage will state:

“This is the semi-annual TEST of the Purdue emergency warning notification system. This test simulates a level 1 incident. No action is necessary.”  

Emergency Preparedness will test the Emergency Warning Notification System for the statewide Polytechnic Institutes later in the day.

If there is inclement weather on Thursday, the test will be postponed to Friday (Sept. 30).  Should the weather remain unfavorable, the siren test will be canceled, but all other Purdue ALERT layers will be activated.

The 2022 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is now available. This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime and fire statistics for Purdue University. The policy statements address the university’s policies, procedures and programs concerning alcohol and other drug use, crime prevention and awareness, crime reporting, and general safety and security. Three years’ worth of police and fire statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the university, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to campus. This report is available on the Purdue University Police Department website. You may also request a paper copy from the Purdue University Police Department at 205 S. Jischke Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907 or by calling 765-494-8221.

If you have been identified as a Campus Security Authority, please review the Clery Act Compliance Guide for more information and training.

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to sign up for emergency text alerts from Purdue. Additionally, please review your specific Building Emergency Plan and the Emergency Procedures Guide to stay informed on Purdue’s emergency, evacuation and shelter procedures. These documents and more can be found on the Emergency Preparedness website. 

Writer: Jim Bush, 765-494-2077, 

Source: Jefferson Howells, 765-494-0446,

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