Mercer University has installed an emergency warning siren to alert campus and neighboring residents of potential danger. The new siren, located on the Macon campus, will be tested for the first time at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, as part of the monthly audible test of the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) test. The test will be performed the last Wednesday of each month.
According to Mercer Police Chief Gary Collins, “This is one more step in the ongoing effort by Mercer University to improve mass communications with our students, faculty, staff and neighborhood in case of emergency.”
Along with the siren, there is also a voice address component to inform the campus of an emergency situation. The combined approach of voice and siren can help save lives by eliminating confusion and restoring order.
The siren is integrated into the Macon-Bibb County warning system and will be automatically activated when an EMA emergency notification or test is transmitted.