UAMS Plans May 18 Test of Alert System; Neighborhood, Businesses May Hear Speaker Tests

By Jon Parham

Tests of the system’s external speakers will be conducted throughout the day. Only the external speakers will be tested to determine changes needed to ensure campuswide coverage for the system. Follow up tests are planned for July 2 and July 13

In the future, the alert system will be activated by UAMS police in the event of an immediate threat to life and safety on campus. Three siren/speaker arrays on rooftops of the Wilson Education Building, Biomedical I Building and West Central Energy Plant will sound a loud, distinct tone, expected to be 114 to 120 decibels or equivalent to a thunderclap or loud rock music. The tone will be followed by a verbal announcement. Internal announcements also will be made.

Regular quarterly tests of the system are expected to start later this year. For more information about the campus alert system, visit

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Related Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a 540,000-square-foot hospital; a statewide network of regional centers; and six institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. UAMS has 2,775 students and 748 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including nearly 1,150 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. Visit or