UofSC to test emergency alert system
By Scott Ellis, MSELLIS@mailbox.sc.edu
The University Emergency Management Team will conduct its fall test of the Carolina Alert Emergency Notification System at 11:45 a.m. Friday (Oct. 2).
The communication media used in this test will include: Carolina Alert website, Facebook, Twitter, RSS feed, text message, email, outdoor and indoor warning sirens, television message crawler, digital signage and AlertFM.
Although the university will test 11 different communication devices during this exercise, text messages — along with sirens and other disruptive media — normally will only be used if a situation exists that poses an immediate risk to life safety and requires people to change their behavior, such as seek shelter or evacuate.
If a situation exists in which people should be notified about an incident that is not immediately life threatening, such as crime bulletins, situations that have already been contained, weather events or school closings), media such as the Carolina Alert website, Facebook, Twitter and 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.
All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to log into VIP or visit the Carolina Alert website before the test to update information, as well as join the Carolina Alert Facebook and Twitter groups.
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