New outdoor alert system to be tested Feb. 23 at MCC-Penn Valley, Administrative Center

Metropolitan Community College is starting to roll out its new exterior alert broadcast speaker system across the College’s campuses. The outdoor speakers will be used to convey critical messages during public safety or weather-related emergencies.

The safety of our students, employees, guests and neighbors is a top priority for MCC.

Between 2 and 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, MCC’s Facilities Department will test this new exterior speaker system at the MCC-Penn Valley campus, Health Science Institute, Administrative Center and Broadway Plaza building.

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.

These speakers will be installed at each MCC campus. They should all be operational by this summer.

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.