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Universitywide emergency notification system test is Sept. 17

| Gary Johnson

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will conduct a universitywide test of Omnilert, the university’s emergency notification system, at approximately 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 17.

Faculty, staff and students at the Eau Claire, Rice Lake and Marshfield campuses who have not yet subscribed to Omnilert are encouraged to do so before the test. See the Emergency Information webpage for information about how to subscribe.

The test will include the following notification methods for an emergency on campus:

  • A message on the UW-Eau Claire homepage.
  • A message posted from the university’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  • A pop-up message on all university computers connected to the campus network.
  • An email to all students, faculty and staff.
  • A notification to all cellphone numbers and non-university email addresses registered in the emergency notification system.
  • A message on digital signs in university buildings
  • An announcement over the interior and exterior public address system.

The test will help university officials determine how an alert will impact the university and its communication infrastructure. Following the test, faculty, staff and students will be asked to complete a brief survey to provide feedback regarding the emergency notification system.

Review active shooter incident protocols: As UW-Eau Claire tests its emergency notification system, this also is an appropriate time for students, faculty and staff to review campus protocols and recommendations for what to do should an active shooter incident occur on university grounds.