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Emergency Siren System

What is it?

The Seton Hall University Emergency Siren System is designed to alert persons on campus of an emergency situation that requires them to seek shelter indoors for their safety. It is centrally located on the highest point on campus so that it can effectively alert persons outdoors throughout the campus.

When is it used?

The siren will only be used when there is an imminent threat to the lives and safety of people on campus. This threat could come in the form of criminal violence, such as an active shooter on campus, an environmental threat such as a hazardous chemical release, or some other emergency situation.

What does it sound like?

Normally, the siren will sound a wail tone followed by a recorded voice message that instructs the campus population to seek shelter. When the emergency has been resolved, a steady tone will sound followed by a recorded “all clear” message.

What should I do if I hear the siren?

If you are on the South Orange campus and you hear the siren sound, you should seek shelter in the closest available building in an interior room that can be locked or barricaded. If you are a University student or employee you should monitor your the PirateAlert Emergency Notification System and the SHU Web site for updates and instructions.

If you are unaffiliated with SHU and hear the siren, you can get updates on the campus situation by visiting the SHU website.

Does Seton Hall test its siren system?

Yes. The system is tested silently on a regular schedule to make sure that it is in good working order. In addition, it is tested “live” twice a year – once in the fall semester and once again in the spring semester in order to familiarize our campus population with the sound of the siren.

If you have any questions about the Seton Hall Emergency Siren System, please contact the University Department of Public Safety & Security at (973) 761-9300.