Multiple emergency system test alerts planned for this week

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There will be two emergency system tests this week affecting Lakers, one at a national level and one for the GVSUAlert! System.

On October 4, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will conduct an emergency test that will send test alerts to cell phones as well as post information on radio and television broadcasts. That test is slated to begin at 2:20 p.m.

The GVSUAlert! testing will be on October 6 at noon.

The outdoor portion of the GVSU test will include tornado sirens heard by the Laker community. Those on the Allendale Campus will also hear a subsequent alert about a test of the emergency outdoor notification system. 

In addition, all Grand Valley students, faculty and staff members will receive a test message by email; those who signed up for text and phone notifications will also receive the test message via those methods. 

The alert test will be sent to computers in labs and kiosks across campus as a desktop notification. The test will appear on all university website banners, including the homepage, until about 12:15 p.m. There will also be messages on social media channels.

For more information on the GVSUAlert! system and emergency procedures, visit


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