Western Washington University to have lockdown, test alerts

Western Washington University will conduct a test lockdown drill at the same time the school tests its alert notification system at 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, April 20.

The test of the notification system will include voice messages over the campus fire alarm system, desktop messages on campus computers, text messages to anyone who has registered with the Western Alert system, emails to students, faculty and staff, a message posted to the university website and messages to its Facebook and Twitter pages.

Voice messages will come from outdoor speakers and amber strobe lights will flash in the main corridors of academic buildings and bathrooms, according to WWU. Users on campus computers will need to click the green “Acknowledge” button to make the messages disappear, according to the university.

A small group of students, faculty and staff also will participate in a lockdown drill to practice response to violence on campus. People on campus may notice offices and classrooms practicing the drill.

Test alerts and drills are typically done twice a year, according to WWU, once in the fall and again in the spring.

Kyle Mittan: 360-756-2803, @KyleMittan