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W&L to Test Emergency Notification System on March 16

— by on March 12th, 2010

Washington and Lee University will participate in Virginia’s statewide tornado drill on Tuesday, Mar. 16, by testing the University’s emergency notification system.

W&L will send emergency notices through its text-messaging and e-mail systems and will activate its emergency Web site during the tornado drill, beginning at 9:45 a.m.

The University distributes text messages through e2Campus. Any members of the University community who have not registered a cell phone number with e2Campus may do so at http://www.wlu.edu/x37324.xml.

As part of Tuesday’s test, a survey will be available for members of the community to complete at the conclusion of the drill in order to evaluate the systems.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is coordinating the statewide tornado drill. Last year 16 tornadoes struck Virginia. Details on how to prepare for a tornado are available at the Emergency Management Web site at http://www.vaemergency.com/threats/tornado/index.cfm.