The emergency sirens that have been blaring from the campus of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, aren’t new, said campus Chief of Police Paul Dillon. They’ve been around since at least 2010, when he first came to the campus.
But they’ve definitely been more noticeable lately.
“It’s gone off a couple times, twice, back-to-back Thursdays. I think the last time it went off was in our last emergency exercise in the fall,” Dillon said.
Two weeks in a row, tornado warnings and other severe weather events triggered the campus’ emergency alert system, and because severe weather means people should seek shelter, the sirens went off.
Dillon said the sirens would sound anytime the campus police department believes people should seek shelter. Besides a severe weather event, like a tornado, it could signal a terrorist attack or an active shooter, Dillon said.