Hi-Lo Siren Test September 20

Monday, September 18, 2023, 10:30am

TO: Campus Community
FR: University Police

In partnership with the Cotati Police Department and the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety, the Sonoma State Police Department is raising awareness about the emergency Hi-Lo Siren, a distinctive two-tone siren used by patrol cars and public safety vehicles when an immediate evacuation is required.

The siren will be tested on the Sonoma State campus at 4 p.m. Wednesday, September 20 so that the campus community becomes familiar with the distinct tone and learns that everyone must evacuate when the siren sounds. Similar tests will be conducted on the same day in the cities of Cotati and Rohnert Park.

SSU campus community members will not be asked to evacuate during this siren test.

“Working with our partners in Cotati and Rohnert Park allows us to better prepare for real emergencies. But it is equally important for our community to be ready and know their options as these emergency evacuations often occur with little to no notice,” said SSU Police Chief Nader Oweis.

The on-campus test of the Hi-Lo Siren will be conducted by Chief Oweis, who is also featured in this educational video to further inform the campus community and prepare students, faculty, and staff for emergency events that may require sudden evacuation.