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Media Memo: Test of Campus Emergency Notification System Set for April 9

TO: News/Assignment Editors and Directors

FROM: Judy Berthiaume, Director

DATE: April 6, 2009

SUBJECT: Test of Campus Emergency Notification System Set for April 9

 

UW-Eau Claire will conduct a campuswide test of its enhanced emergency notification system at 2:10 p.m. Thursday, April 9.

The test will include the following notification methods:

  • pop-up message on all university-owned computers, including those in offices, labs and classrooms

  • e-mail to all students, faculty and staff
  • unique ringtone and accompanying text message on all campus voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) telephones
  • a message sent over the university's Carillon
  • announcements on the UW-Eau Claire home page
  • a text message to cell phones that have been registered in the cell phone notification system

Following the test, faculty, staff and students will be asked to complete a brief Web survey to provide feedback regarding the emergency notification system.

UW-Eau Claire conducted a similar test in May 2008. The notification system was enhanced based on findings from the previous test. For example, the university has upgraded the software used to place the pop-up messages on computers. The new program will allow the pop-up to override programs such as PowerPoint and will not allow the pop-up to be deleted immediately.

To discuss Thursday's test or for more information about the university's emergency notification system, contact Dr. Andrew Phillips, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and coordinator of the April 9 test, at 715-836-2033 or phillipa@uwec.edu.

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