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RACC to test new emergency alert system this Wednesday

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 25 2013 12:20:46 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 26 2013 04:57:59 AM CDT
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Matt Roth/69 News

READING, Pa. -

Reading Area Community College will be putting its new emergency voice alert system to the test this week.

The test, taking place intermittently between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday, will include audible messages broadcast on outdoor speakers across the school's campus, said officials, who advised nearby residents and businesses that the test messages may be heard within a three-block radius.

In the event of a true emergency at RACC, officials said the messages will be intended solely for the school's staff, students and visitors and not intended to inform, notify or recommend any action to the community at large.

"Getting accurate and timely instructions and information out to the entire campus is a key part of our emergency response system,” said Anna Weitz, president of RACC.

The upgrades to the campus alert system are part of a larger project designed to enhance campus safety through the addition of intrusion detection systems in all campus buildings and enhanced lighting, officials said.

The $538,000 initiative was financed through plant funds and a loan from the State Public School Building Authority’s revolving loan fund.