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Karen Schmidt July 6, 1995

RELEASE: 95-048

NOTE TO EDITORS: NEW EMPLOYEE ALARM SYSTEM READY FOR TESTING

The new employees' alarm system at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, will undergo testing at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 7, 1995. This test was rescheduled from June 30 due to weather conditions. The test will last one hour, ending at 10 a.m.

The system will significantly improve JSC's ability to warn employees and the surrounding communities of imminent danger from weather or hazardous materials

emergencies on-site or in the vicinity.

The alarm system uses solar panels to charge internal batteries and wireless radio frequency signals to transmit control and audio signals. The speaker enclosures mounted atop each of the seven poles will broadcast specific siren tones to get employees' attention, followed by appropriate verbal messages about the nature of the emergency.

Surrounding communities are notified of testing, and a verbal announcement will precede use of the siren during tests. A schedule for regular system tests will be developed and will be available to employees after final system verification.

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