ND Alert test planned for March 14

Author: Gail Hinchion Mancini


ND Alert, the campus comprehensive emergency notification system, will be tested Friday afternoon (March 14) to verify improvements made for the timely delivery of emergency messages.

Rapid delivery of information across telephone, cell phone, e-mail and cable television is key to assuring the safety of students, faculty and staff in the event of emergency,said John Affleck-Graves, executive vice president.

Two previous tests have helped identify the need to speed the delivery of e-mail alerts. The March 14 test will measure the effectiveness of adjustments made to improve delivery. Another test may take place in April, on a date still undetermined, to assure that the system is running effectively.

As with previous tests, the mass notification system will distribute messages to student, faculty and employee home and office telephones, registered cell phones, University e-mail accounts and any additional personal e-mail accounts previously provided.The Universitys cable system will broadcast a test message to any live television in residence hall rooms, common areas such as the LaFortune Student Center and offices. All messages will clearly indicate that a test is under way. No response will be required.

Faculty and staff who have not registered emergency contact information such as personal cell phone numbers or non-University e-mail addresses are encouraged to do so. Registration is available through the My Resources tab of InsideND at http://inside.nd.edu .

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