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Archive for Monday, March 7, 2011

State of Kansas, Kansas University both delay emergency system tests until Thursday

March 7, 2011, 11:15 a.m. Updated March 7, 2011, 3:27 p.m.

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Kansas University plans to test its emergency public address system at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

During the test, a three-second alert tone will sound, followed by the test message.

Speakers have been installed in and about 79 buildings, reaching 98 percent of academic areas. That allows emergency 911 dispatchers to provide real-time voice messages to an individual building, a group of buildings or to all equipped buildings.

An hour later — at 1:30 p.m. Thursday — the entire state is scheduled to participate in a statewide tornado drill, weather permitting. Local warning sirens, weather radios and the Emergency Alert System will all be tested as part of the drill.

The potential for severe weather delayed both events, which had originally been scheduled for Tuesday.

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