Outdoor PA System test scheduled - Martinsburg VA Medical Center
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Martinsburg VA Medical Center


Outdoor PA System test scheduled

June 4, 2012

The Martinsburg VA Medical Center will be testing its newly installed campus wide outdoor Public Address System on Wednesday, June 6 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The newly installed system will be used to communicate multi-hazard emergency announcements.


The new system will allow the medical center to announce emergency messages that can be heard over the entire 175 acre campus. “The outdoor Public Address System will enhance communication during emergencies over the entire Martinsburg VA Medical Center,” said Todd Lake, emergency preparedness coordinator for the medical center. “The system will only be used during emergencies or training and will have very little noise impact on our surrounding neighbors.” The noise levels outside the campus fence will be in the range of 20 to 50 decibels or the level of a whisper to normal conversation levels. 

The decision to install the campus wide PA system was made after a comprehensive emergency management assessment was conducted in 2009. “We want to make sure that we have a one source message that can be heard across our entire campus during emergencies adding a level of safety to our Veteran patients and employees.” Lake said. “This new system will give us that capability if we ever need it.”


The Martinsburg VA Medical Center mission is to honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. Located in West Virginia, the Medical Center offers a comprehensive range of services, including internal medicine, ambulatory surgery, audiology and speech pathology, dental, nursing home, nutrition, podiatry, prosthetics, women’s health, mental health, and rehabilitation medicine. With a service area of nearly 130,000 veterans in West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, the Medical Center operates four VA-staffed Outpatient Clinics in Cumberland, Hagerstown, and Fort Detrick, Md., and Stephens City, Va. and three contract clinics in Franklin and Petersburg, W.Va. and Harrisonburg, Va.