Test of Carolina Alert Emergency Notification System
The University Emergency Management Team will conduct its spring test of the Carolina Alert Emergency Notification System between the dates of Tuesday, February 12th and Friday, February 15th.
In previous semesters, the test has been conducted at a specific date and time. This test will be unannounced even to the personnel activating the system. The Provost, and chair of the Emergency Management Team, will place a call to the USC Division of Law Enforcement and Safety symbolizing the start of an emergency. The police will then activate the various mass notification systems.
The communication media that will be used in this test include: Carolina Alert website, Facebook, Twitter, RSS Feed, text messages, email, outdoor warning sirens, television message crawler, and AlertFM.
Even though the University will test nine different communication devices during this exercise, text messages along with sirens and other disruptive media, will only be used in a real emergency if a situation exists that poses an immediate risk to life safety and requires persons to change their behavior (i.e. seek shelter, evacuate, etc.).
If a situation exists where persons should be notified about an incident that is not immediately life threatening (i.e. crime alerts, situations that have already been contained, weather events, school closings, etc.), media such as the Carolina Alert website, Facebook, Twitter, or select others may be used to communicate the information. These non-life threatening notifications can be sent directly to your mobile phone by following Carolina Alert on Twitter and adjusting your settings within Twitter to have tweets sent to your mobile device.
Students and staff are encouraged to log into VIP before the test to update their contact information, as well as join the Carolina Alert Facebook and Twitter groups.