March 28, 2016
Topic: Campus News
A test of the UM Emergency Alert has been scheduled for noon Thursday.
The test will be sent to the Michigan App, U-M Gateway and Division of Public Safety and Security websites, interior building digital signs, Twitter and RSS feeds.
Email, phone calls and text messages will not be included in the test.
When the emergency alerts feature in the Michigan App is officially released, it will be an additional method for the campus community to receive alerts, as well as a method for individuals not affiliated with the university, such as contractors working on campus and parents.
To receive the UM Emergency Alerts test from the app, download the Michigan App from the Apple App Store or Google Play and open the app once. Push notifications for the Michigan App must be enabled in your device settings. The app notifications are short messages pushed to app-enabled devices such as smartphones and tablets.
DPSS is working with Information and Technology Services to develop the emergency alerts functionality in the Michigan App. Thursday’s test will confirm infrastructure improvements made to the Michigan App and an enhancement in how notification text will appear. Additionally, test message recipients will be encouraged to complete a brief survey to provide additional feedback.
About the UM Emergency Alert system
The UM Emergency Alert system is intended to notify the campus community of an active, major campus emergency such as an active shooter, severe weather warnings, or emergency reduction in operations. Additional information about the specific emergency will be posted on the DPSS website as it becomes available.
UM Emergency Alerts are sent via text and voice messages for those who have registered with Wolverine Access; email to all students, faculty and staff; U-M Gateway and DPSS websites; interior building digital signs; Twitter; and RSS feeds.