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Emergency Siren/Public Address System

As part of our emergency preparedness initiative, Herkimer College installed a siren waning system. To learn more, check out the frequently asked questions below:

Why did Herkimer College install a Siren / PA warning system?

Herkimer College considers communication during an emergency situation an important part of its overall Crisis Plan.  Currently Herkimer College uses several ways to communicate with students, faculty and staff; including email, NY-Alert, College Web Site, and now an emergency siren located on the top of the Physical Education Building. The siren is an enhancement to our current communication methods, especially the NY-Alert System.

What does the siren sound like?

The siren sounds similar to a fire station siren and has the ability to be used in combination as a public address system as well. When activated, the siren will always sound prior to any PA message being delivered.

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What should I do when I hear the emergency siren?

  • Notify others who are near you of the emergency and immediately seek shelter and stay in place.  
  • Select interior rooms, closets, copy rooms, offices, classrooms or dorm rooms.
  • Close and lock all doors, windows, blinds, shades and any other opening to the outside.
  • Remain calm, silence your cell phone and try to be as quiet as possible.
  • Do not go outdoors unless instructed to do so.
  • If the siren stops, DO NOT MOVE, stay in place and wait for the All CLEAR to be given over the Siren/PA system and or through NY-Alert.

How far will the siren be heard?

The siren should be heard outside any place on campus. 

The Siren will be tested each Semester

Each semester Campus Safety will test the Siren System to make sure it is functioning properly and also so that our college community can hear the tones of the siren. The college community as well as the local community will be clearly advised in advance of the siren testing date and time.