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(Sept. 12, 2013) -- As a key component of university preparedness, the UTSA Office of Emergency Management will conduct an outdoor test of the Giant Voice emergency notification system between 3 and 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 at the UTSA Main Campus.

>> View a map showing the coverage areas of the UTSA Giant Voice Emergency Notification System on the Main Campus.

What can you expect to hear? All outdoor siren towers will broadcast the following test message twice: "Attention, attention: This is a test of the UTSA Giant Voice Emergency Notification System. This is only a test." During the announcements, no evacuations will be necessary, and there will be no cause for alarm.

Additionally, the newly constructed San Saba Hall residence facilty will undergo an indoor test of the Main Campus emergency notification system at 3 p.m. that day to ensure the system is fully functional after recent installation. No evacuations will be necessary from San Saba Hall during that test.

"Preparedness is our number one goal to ensure the safety and security of the UTSA community and campus visitors," said Lorenzo Sanchez, UTSA director of emergency management. "We test the Giant Voice emergency notification system periodically so that we can be certain it will operate properly in case of an emergency when seconds count. We thank everyone for their patience as we conduct these important tests at the UTSA Main Campus."

September is National Preparedness Month, and tests of the UTSA emergency notification systems highlight our dedication to preparedness in the UTSA community as well as ensuring the university is ready for natural or other hazards.

>> Learn more about emergency preparedness at the UTSA Campus Alerts website or visit the FEMA preparedness website.

For more information, contact the UTSA Office of Emergency Management at 210-458-6851 or email



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CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
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