TNCC to Test Emergency Alert System in Hampton and Williamsburg, March 30

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) will test an emergency alert system on Saturday, March 30 at campuses in Hampton and Williamsburg. The trial alerts, taking place from 10 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m., will be TNCC’s first live tests of the system and will allow the College to tune emergency alerts for maximum coverage at both locations. Those on and near TNCC campuses can expect to hear several different tones and verbal messages during the tests.

College officials coordinated with emergency managers in Hampton and Williamsburg in scheduling the tests.

For more information about the March 30 system tests, contact TNCC’s Office of Public Relations at 825-2725. Direct after 5 p.m. and weekend inquires to 825-3455.

 

TNCC to Participate in Statewide Tornado Drill, March 12

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) will test its emergency notification procedures at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12 during a statewide tornado drill. The date is designated as Tornado Preparedness Day in the Commonwealth.

During the drill, all components of the College’s emergency notification process will be tested including campus-wide student, faculty and staff e-mail, TNCC internet homepage alerts and e2Campus. Used by roughly 650 campuses nationwide, e2Campus is a web-based unified emergency notification system that enables the transmission of instant alerts to cell phones, land lines and/or several other communications devices.

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TNCC to Test Emergency Alert Sirens Oct. 28, Both Campuses

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) will test an emergency alert system on Friday, October 28 on its two campuses. The test begins at 9 a.m. on the Historic Triangle campus in Williamsburg lasting for roughly 15 to 20 minutes. At 1 p.m., the test takes place on the Hampton campus lasting approximately one hour.

Those on and near TNCC campuses should expect to hear several different tones and verbal messages during the tests.

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TNCC Hampton Campus to test emergency siren September 23, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

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Thomas Nelson Community College will test an emergency alert system on Friday, September 23 from 12:00 -2:00 p.m. at the Hampton Campus. The test of the siren system will be for the Hampton Campus only.

This is only a test of a system the College is considering to enhance the emergency communication capabilities at TNCC. Coordination with the City of Hampton and Langley Emergency Operations Centers has been done and they are in support of our siren test. Expect to hear several different tones and voice messages during this time period. There will be no annunciation of messages that could be interpreted as actual warnings.

Weather Alert: Tornado Watch for the Hampton Roads area

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Please be advised that a Tornado Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for an area that includes Hampton Roads cities from now until 3:00 p.m. A Tornado Watch means that conditions are favorable for a tornado to form in the watch area. Stay tuned to local media outlets and weather alert radios for further updates. Be prepared to take cover on short notice. Storm Shelter Safe Areas are located throughout Thomas Nelson Community College campuses as indicated by yellow stickers above the doors.

At this time, the College is open for classes and office operations. In the event of a power outage, please note that candles/open flames are prohibited in campus buildings. College officials are monitoring weather conditions in efforts to provide further updates. For information on severe weather preparation, visit www.vaemergency.com or www.ReadyVirgina.gov.

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Governor Kaine Declares State of Emergency

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Governor Timothy M. Kaine declared a state of emergency today, directing state agencies to take all reasonable actions necessary to protect the health and safety of Virginians from the potentially damaging effects of Tropical Storm Hanna.

“Current forecasts predict Hanna will bring tropical storm force winds to Virginia, causing coastal flooding and the very real possibility of tornadoes and power outages,” Governor Kaine said. “Virginians should listen to their local government representatives and local news media for instructions for the duration of the storm.”

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