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UNC siren test a success

Posted September 22, 2009 5:17 p.m. EDT

— The test of an emergency warning system at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill was a success Tuesday, according to a school statement.

Sirens sounded an alert tone on campus at 12:10 p.m. and more than 38,000 text messages were delivered to registered phones of students, faculty and staff within about three minutes.

“The siren test accomplished exactly what we hoped it would,” said Jeff McCracken, the university’s public safety director.

The system is designed to be used for life-threatening emergencies such as an armed or dangerous person on campus; a major chemical spill; or a tornado sighting.