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Apology for Malfunctioning Emergency Notification System
Friday, August 21, 2015

Dear Fredonia Community Members,

I am sorry for the annoyance and alarm caused Thursday afternoon and evening by the malfunctioning of the campus emergency mass notification system.

The Simplex system was installed in 2011 to provide essential communication in the case of an emergency. If there were a dangerous natural event (such as a tornado) or a criminal event (such as an active shooter), the system would be used to ensure safety. The alarm you heard yesterday would sound for a few seconds to get attention, followed by a voice message about the emergency and the specific steps people should take to be safe. It is loud enough that those who live near the campus would also be alerted about a danger in the area. Fortunately, we have never yet had to use this system, but knowing we have this capability is an important part of our emergency preparedness.

This kind of malfunction—with the siren sounding continuously—has never occurred before, and finding a way to turn off the siren took a while, as you know if you and your family members were awakened by the sound and wondered when it would end. A team of experts from the campus and the manufacturer are working today to make sure this does not happen again.

The Fredonia community is a good neighbor to the campus, and I am committed to having us be a good neighbor as well.

Virginia Horvath
President

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