AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - UMass students got a sense of how the university plans to alert them in case of an emergency.
The university will send out an e-mail, a text message and even sound outdoor sirens in an effort to alert students of a potential emergency situation.
UMass rolled out this system two years ago and campus police test it out every semester. Wednesday, nearly 21,000 students, faculty and staff members were sent a text message by campus police dispatchers.
If students were on campus, they heard outdoor sirens and loudspeakers; which in the case of an emergency would be used to give instructions.
UMass Junior Jonathan Saulmon told 22News, "I didn't read through the entire e-mail just cause I saw that it was a test. It's kind of those emergency notifications on the TV where you kind of just see it and its happening and you kind of ignore it. I think the sirens are kind of interesting. That could wind up scaring people a little more."
A spokesman from UMass told 22News the alarm systems are only meant to be heard outdoors and not within campus buildings.