TYLER, TX - The University of Texas at Tyler will begin testing its outdoor emergency warning system at 11:05 a.m. on the first Tuesday of every month, Peyton Low, emergency management coordinator, announced.
The change was made at the request of the City of Tyler in an effort to avoid confusion for residents who live near UT Tyler. The monthly test will still consist of a voice announcement, followed by a series of tones and conclude with another voice announcement.
UT Tyler formerly tested its outdoor warning system at 4 p.m. on the first Friday of every month.
The outdoor warning system is activated for any threat that directly impacts the safety of the campus community, and is separate from the City of Tyler's system. Potential reasons for activation include weather emergencies and other emergencies (law enforcement threat, hazardous materials release, or other dangerous situations). The only other time the system will be activated is for the monthly test or other announced tests.