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William & Mary to perform siren test Wednesday

For the 19th consecutive year, the College of William & Mary has been ranked sixth among public national universities by U.S. News and World Report. (Courtesy W&M News)
For the 19th consecutive year, the College of William & Mary has been ranked sixth among public national universities by U.S. News and World Report. (Courtesy W&M News)

The College of William & Mary is scheduled to sound a test of the emergency notification system on Wednesday, according to a release from the college.

The emergency notification system will sound at 12:15 p.m. above the Integrated Science Center, William & Mary Law School on South Henry Street and the School of Education building off Monticello Avenue.

The 120-decibel siren system is designed to inform members of the community to take shelter in the event of a real emergency.

To help residents better recognize the sound of an emergency siren, William & Mary has posted a recording of the siren online.

In most cases, the sounding of the sirens will be combined with a message with information about the emergency, according to the college’s website.

There may be a few occasions of imminent danger where a siren must sound, including if a tornado spotted near campus, shots are fired on campus or there is an explosion on campus.

Those who hear the siren can check for information and instructions on the William & Mary website, where the homepage posts up-to-date emergency information.

Members of the local community can also follow emergency news through the William & Mary News Facebook and Twitter pages as well as the free W&M mobile app.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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