March 4, 2014
K-State Alerts being tested today
At about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, Kansas State University will conduct an official test of K-State Alerts, the university's emergency notification system.
Emergency notification channels to be tested include: text messaging, automated phone calls, email to all K-State accounts, the university’s home page and the alert beacons in various buildings on the Manhattan, Olathe and Salina campuses. The tornado sirens with voice communications and public address system in the carillon atop Anderson Hall also will be tested.
K-State Alerts is used when a dangerous condition exists on any of K-State’s campuses. The system is tested twice a year to ensure that it will work during an actual emergency.
During the test, text messages, automated phone calls and emails will be sent out. In addition, the wall-mounted alert beacons will emit a loud siren, flash strobe lights and provide digital scrolling text for two full minutes. They can’t be turned off during the test.
To sign up to receive emergency notifications by text message or an automated phone call, students, faculty and staff with active K-State eIDs must enroll in K-State Alerts through the eProfile system. Eligible K-Staters can add contact information of parents, children and spouses when they sign up.
Those who already subscribe to text message and automated phone calls won’t need to re-register, but officials recommend checking the website to make sure K-State has current phone numbers and email addresses.