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UTSA to test Giant Voice outdoor notification system

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(July 8, 2009)--UTSA will test the outdoor mass notification system at the Main Campus at noon, Saturday, July 11. Called Giant Voice, the system features four outdoor speaker arrays that deliver recorded or live voice announcements that can be heard within 1,600 feet of each speaker array.

In a true emergency, the high-power speaker arrays will broadcast a siren alert followed by a live or recorded voice message tailored to the situation. The system has the capability to alert the entire Main Campus or smaller areas, depending upon the scope of the emergency.

To prepare the UTSA and surrounding communities for system testing, the university will work with apartment complexes, neighborhood associations, businesses, media outlets, the San Antonio Office of Emergency Management and others to provide information on the system and testing timetable.

"UTSA is building a rigorous, multi-layered and multifaceted notification system," said Donovan Agans, UTSA director of business continuity and emergency management, a component of the UTSA Police Department. "Our Reverse 911, Giant Voice, closed-circuit TV and the Internet are all facets of an intensive effort to ensure UTSA has multiple ways to inform students, faculty, staff and visitors of emergency situations. We are not relying on any one means to inform our community of a crisis. An informed and knowledgeable population will react better in an emergency."

For more information, visit the UTSA Police Department's Business Continuity and Emergency Management Web site or call (210) 458-6851.

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