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Outdoor Alert Horn Test: October 20

Outdoor Alert Horn Test: October 20

Posted: October 17, 2016

From the Vice President for Finance and Management

The Emergency Response Planning Group and University Police will conduct a test of the college’s outdoor emergency alert horn at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, October 20.

People who are outdoors during the test will hear a series of three loud 60-second horn blasts emanating from the central heating plant. Please note: the horn is primarily intended to be audible at outdoor locations on campus—not inside buildings.

In a real emergency, the horn would sound for a minimum of five full minutes. If a real emergency alert is signaled, immediately seek shelter and await further instructions communicated via Buff State Alert, e-mail, or or direct instructions from University Police. For more information on Buffalo State’s comprehensive emergency response plan, please visit

Approximately 30 minutes before the test horn sounds, the college will issue a campuswide test of the Buff State Alert emergency communication system. At this time, all students, faculty, and staff who have registered with the service will be sent a test message.

Students, faculty, and staff who wish to enroll in Buff State Alert or modify their preferences may do so by visiting and logging in with their Buffalo State user name and password. Those who do not have a Buffalo State user name or password but want to receive text messages from Buff State Alert can sign up by texting the phrase “buffalostate” to 79516.

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