Just before 1 p.m. today Georgetown University will test its Campus Alert and HOYAlert Systems. A siren will sound in a series of 30-45 second blasts lasting for a total of 2 minutes between 12:55 and 12:57 p.m., according to a notice on the university website.
The Campus Alert System, which sounds like a train’s steam whistle [check out this video of a previous test], is used in an emergency to alert people outside to seek shelter inside. The sound can be heard well beyond the Georgetown campus.
Additionally, Georgetown will send a test alert through the HOYAlerts Sytem via text message, non-GU phone, and non-GU email to people enrolled in the emergency notification system.
Both systems are tested at the start of each new semester.