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Dartmouth College testing emergency systems

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HANOVER, N.H. - Sirens were blaring at Dartmouth College in Hanover Monday, but it was only a test.

Once a year the college tests its outside mass notification system to alert students and staff of an emergency. A siren that is then followed by information is projected through a couple of different speakers on campus.


The test lasts only a couple of minutes and the town of Hanover is notified in advance since the noise can be heard up to 10 miles from campus.


The outside notification system has never actually been used for a real emergency but college officials say it is important to be prepared.


"A catastrophic event
. A hostile intruder. Chemical spill of some type that was threatening part of the campus, a severe weather alert where we want to make sure that people are alerted so they can take safety precautions," said Harry Kinne, safety and security director.

The campus's Dart Alert program, which sends text and phone messages, was also tested Monday. That system has been used in the past and gets tested several times a year.

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