Campus outdoor speaker installation update and testing

Metropolitan Community College is continuing to roll out its new exterior alert broadcast speaker system, which will be used to convey critical messages during public safety or weather-related emergencies. This outdoor speaker system is an additional communication tool that will enhance the College’s already robust alert communication system. The safety of our students, employees, guests and neighbors is a top priority for MCC.

The MCC-Penn Valley system was the first to go online. The remaining four campuses are ready for testing. Here is the schedule. The Facilities Department will be executing the tests during the week of July 30, when classes are out of session.

  • MCC-Longview: Monday, July 30, 7-11 a.m.
  • MCC-Business & Technology: Monday, July 30, Noon-3 p.m.
  • MCC-Maple Woods: Tuesday, July 31, 7 a.m.-11 a.m.
  • MCC-Blue River: Tuesday, July 31, Noon-3 p.m.

Once all testing is completed, regular tests of the speakers will then mirror the schedule of Kansas City area tornado sirens, which are tested at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month in good weather. MCC plans to routinely test its outdoor speakers immediately following the monthly tornado tests.

MCC is pleased to report that this system, managed with support from Siemens Corp., is the first of its kind for a higher education institution in the Kansas City area.

The outdoor speaker system will supplement MCC’s existing methods of alert communications including the indoor broadcast alert system, text messaging, MCC website communications and social media.

As always, employees, students and other members of the MCC community are encouraged to sign up for MCC public safety and inclement weather notifications. Click here for more information.