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DAILY CAMPUS ARTICLE: UConn emergency alert system to begin using sirens with test Tuesday

October 16, 2017

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UConnALERT ‘Siren’ Outdoor Notification System

October 9, 2017

Starting this fall on the Storrs campus, the UConnALERT notification system will include the use of outdoor sirens any time an emergency alert is issued. Each siren will emit a loud, waveform tone to alert anyone in hearing distance that an incident is occurring that presents an immediate danger to health and safety. The sirens will not include a recorded voice message. Instead, this will be another signal to students, faculty, staff, and visitors that a dangerous situation is taking place, and that they should visit alert.uconn.edu for guidance. The use of the sirens is part of a multi-layered emergency notification system that includes text messages, email, University webpage banners, application notifications through the MyUConn smartphone app and the alert.uconn.edu website.  The sirens will be included in the regular tests of the UConnALERT notification system, which take place once per semester.   For more information, contact: Capt. Chris Renshaw at 860-486-4925

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UConnALERT Short Code Text Message Alerts

October 9, 2017

The Office of Emergency Management is excited to announce that parents, local businesses, visitors, community partners and others can now get the same UConn Alert text messages that students, faculty, and staff receive in the event of emergencies or other urgent situations.   Previously, messages about incidents ranging from weather-related schedule changes to power outages could only be received by people with a UConn “Net ID” code. Now, thanks to a new addition to UConn’s emergency communications toolbox, those messages can be received by anyone who texts “UCONNALERT” (one word, not case-sensitive) to 888-777.   Standard messaging and data rates may apply, and anyone who signs up can opt out by simply texting “STOP” to the same number. This is not a routine messaging tool, and those signing up will only receive urgent communications about situations with potential impact to health and safety. Whenever such a message is received, be sure to follow the guidance in the text alert, and visit alert.uconn.edu for additional information and updates.   For more information, contact: Capt. Chris Renshaw at 860-486-4925

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“Be Safe After a Hurricane” – CDC webpage

September 21, 2017

"Be Safe After a Hurricane" - CDC webpage

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CT Gov advises residents on supporting Hurricane Harvey efforts

August 31, 2017

Gov Malloy advises residents on how they can safely assist with Hurricane Harvey response and recovery

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