On Wednesday, UCF will prepare for potential emergency situations by testing its emergency communication devices.

During an emergency, the public and students should look to the UCF website,, for information and the latest updates, according to UCF Today.

The website will be tested from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. but will remain fully functional with an alert bar. During some emergencies, the website will convert the home page into text-only and, to accommodate for a large number of viewers, won't include links that would ordinarily be found.

Outdoor sirens will be tested at noon. An emergency text message and email will be sent around 1 p.m. Alerts will also be tested via WUCF-89.9 FM at 4 p.m. and HEARO emergency radios for staff members who help with emergency situations at 2 p.m.

More than 40 buildings have indoor notification systems, which will be tested between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. During emergencies, these systems emit tones followed by voice instructions.

In order to receive the UCF alerts, information can be updated through the MyUCF website. Students can click on the Student Self Service link, then Personal Information and then UCF Alert.

To stay updated on information about the tests, go to UCF's Twitter and Facebook pages.


Bridgette Norris is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @blogginbridge or email her at

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