It is Wednesday at noon. I hear a siren. Is everything okay?
Yes. What we hear every Wednesday at noon is the test Siren and Announcement, for our Alerting and Warning System (AWS). The UC Berkeley campus siren is tested on the first Wednesday of every month. Other sirens that are tested in the Berkeley area have different schedules.
The University of California Police Department at Berkeley employs community policing strategies to prevent crime on and around campus properties.
A secure environment is made possible through community involvement in crime prevention. The purpose of community crime prevention is simple: to help you recognize your own vulnerability to crime, and reduce your risk by taking preventive action and cooperation with the police.
UCPD officers have all received extensive training on what to do in this situation, but it is equally important that our campus community members think of how they will respond.
If you witness any armed individual on campus at any time, immediately call UCPD to report the emergency 9-1-1 (or 510-642-3333 via cell phone). Use common sense. If escaping from danger is impossible, you should lockdown and prepare to counter the attacker.
WarnMe is the alert and notification system serving UC Berkeley’s students, faculty and staff. The system will warn you of situations on or near campus that pose immediate threats to your safety, and will provide instructions for what to do in case of major emergencies. Emergency warnings will be sent to your official campus address by default.
The University Police recommends these protective measures for heightened security.
Be aware of your surroundings and report all suspicious persons and activity to UC Police by calling 911. (For example: Conspicuous or unusual behavior; persons taking photographs of buildings or facilities; asking detailed questions about physical security; dressed inappropriately for weather conditions, etc.)