Tarleton tests outdoor alert system, Code Purple messaging on Nov. 4


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STEPHENVILLE — Tarleton State University begins monthly testing of its outdoor alert system at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4. No action is necessary, and there is no need to seek shelter.

Officials also will conduct the regular fall test of Code Purple, the university’s state-of-the-art emergency notification system designed to advise faculty, staff and students via email or text message of weather closings or delays and situations that pose a possible threat to those on or coming to the Stephenville campus.

Monthly tests of the outdoor system will help familiarize students, faculty and staff with the sound of the alert and give Tarleton safety officials the opportunity to make system enhancements. Future tests are set at the same time on the first Wednesday of each month.

Those who are outdoors will hear a series of tones followed by a test voice message sent through the carillon system atop the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center. Those who are indoors may not hear the alert. However, in the event of an actual emergency, an indoor speaker system is strategically located in key buildings across campus.

If an ongoing threat is confirmed and the outdoor alert system is activated, voice messages will notify students, faculty and staff of the situation. Additional information will be available via the university website, social media, email and text message as well as local newspapers and radio stations depending on the nature of the emergency.

In addition to the university’s outdoor alert system, Tarleton relies on Code Purple to contact students, faculty and staff if there is a campus emergency. All students, faculty and staff are registered to receive Code Purple messages when their Tarleton computer account (NTNET) is created. NTNET accounts are based on Tarleton-issued email addresses. To add a cell phone number or a second email address, go to http://www.tarleton.edu/codepurple/index.html.

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