This article was originally published on the UConn Today Web site on October 5, 2012.
By: Stephanie Reitz
On Tuesday, Oct. 9, at about 1:50 p.m., the University will test its emergency notification systems at the Storrs campus.
The comprehensive test will involve several components of the system, including activation of the alert banner on UConn’s webpage, activating the voice and strobe light functions of the campus blue phones, activating the outside siren/emergency public address system, and sending text messages and an email alert to the Storrs campus community.
Messages about the emergency notification system test will also be sent through UConn’s Facebook and Twitter feeds. Anyone can sign up to receive these feeds by visiting the links to “like” or “follow” UConn.
Tuesday’s test should take no more than 20 minutes, during which time the alert will also appear on certain flat-panel display screens on campus.
This is only a test, as the University works to ensure that the Alert Notification System is as effective as possible in communicating during an emergency. If an actual emergency were to occur, information will be available at http://alert.uconn.edu.
Students, faculty, and staff are also encouraged to visit the alert page to register their cell phone numbers in order to receive text messages sent through the alert system.
Students, faculty, staff, and others are encouraged to download myUConn, the University’s official app, on their smartphones at http://my.uconn.edu/ for information on alerts and other campus happenings.
Questions about the emergency notification systems test can be directed to University Communications at 860-486-0871.