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Multiple siren testings 9 a.m – 5 p.m. Saturday
September 24, 2007

PULLMAN – Emergency sirens will be blaring at several selected times 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, on the WSU Pullman campus as tests and adjustments are made to the university’s new outdoor campus siren/public speaker system.

The siren manufacturer Acoustic Technology Inc. Systems is expected to run two to three tests between 9 a.m. and 9:45 a.m., then another series of tests beginning at 11:30 a.m. and a third set at 2:30 p.m. These test will include 20 listeners distributed through out campus who will give feedback on the quality of voice messages.

No tests will be run 9:45-11:15 a.m. or 3:45-4 p.m.

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Siren testing slated for Saturday, Sept. 29
September 5, 2007

PULLMAN – Sirens will be sounding repeatedly on the WSU Pullman campus from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, as tests and adjustments are made to the university’s new outdoor campus siren/public speaker system.

The siren manufacturer Acoustic Technology Inc. Systems of East Boston, Mass., will be running the test. The speakers were installed in August on five building rooftops at Webster, Carpenter, Holland Library, Plant Bioscience 1 and Central Stores.

The siren/speakers provide the Pullman campus with an alert system that can reach campuswide in minutes, independent of the internet or phones. Each siren is rated at 115 decibels, according … » More …

State wide earthquake drill to test disater readiness
March 30, 2007

Earthquakes, terrorist attacks and other disasters offer no advance warning.  They slam into an area, and those who live there are left to deal with the aftermath. The question is, is your community, employer and family ready to deal with a real emergency?

A statewide earthquake drill is scheduled to rumble through Washington 9:45-10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24. During that time, cooperating radio stations will announce the drill. Those unable to get a drill message from the radio might receive the message via an alternative method to let everyone in a work area know a drill is taking place.

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Start a heart, save a life
November 10, 2006

Your coworker is having a heart attack. A defibrillator could shock the heart and restore a normal heart beat. There’s a good possibility you have a defibrillator in your building, but the possibility is greater that you don’t know where it is or how to use it.Emergency situations can arise at any location on a college campus, says WSU Fire Marshall Rod Holmes. Students, instructors and guests of all ages visit campus, creating a diverse population.  Having access to an automated external defibrillator (AED) and understanding how to use it can save lives, he said. Most people have seen AEDs on TV medical shows as … » More …

Preparedness drill tests campus systems
August 11, 2005

WSU seems positioned to operate well in case of an emergency.

That’s the assessment after an exercise Friday morning, Aug. 12, that tested emergency response at the Pullman campus.

The WSU scenario followed an emergency drill, beginning about 3 a.m., that was completed successfully in the northeast part of campus by WSU and Pullman police and the Pullman fire department.

Beginning at 7 a.m. and concluding at about noon, the WSU emergency response team used the earlier drill to simulate its own response.

WSU apparently passed the test.

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Will your department be ready in an emergency?
March 18, 2005

“That which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” — Friedrich Nietzsche, “Twilight of the Idols.” Chris Tapfer, emergency management coordinator for WSU’s Office of Business Affairs and associate director of University Recreation, believes this quotation to be true. He remembers how the eruption of Mount St. Helens shut down the university in May 1980. “It came as a complete surprise for the institution,” Tapfer said. “There was no forewarning, and nobody knew what to do.” It was one of the few times in WSU’s history that the university had to close, and Tapfer thinks the closure could have been prevented with better emergency planning. Now, … » More …