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October 5, 2016

K-State Alerts test emergency notification system

Submitted by Division of Communications and Marketing

K-State Alerts will test the university's emergency notification system on Oct. 12. The test includes text messaging and automated phone calls for those who have signed up for K-State Alerts on the university's Connect website under the eProfile section. 

People who have previously signed up for alerts are now signed up for all three campus alerts — Manhattan, Polytechnic and Olathe. Please modify these settings to reflect desired campus alerts before the test to ensure the system works properly.

The test also will include an email to all K-State accounts, notifications on the university's home page, alert beacons in various buildings on all three campuses and the tornado sirens with voice communications and public address system in the carillon at Anderson Hall on the Manhattan campus. The wall-mounted alert beacons will emit a loud siren, flash strobe lights and provide digital scrolling text for two minutes. They can't be turned off during the test.

K-State Alerts is the university's primary messaging system for timely emergency notifications. The university uses K-State Alerts when a dangerous condition exists on any of the three campuses, such as an active shooter, tornado, snow day or other dangerous weather that may close campus or to inform about the reopening a campus following a forced closure. 

K-Staters can add up to three phone numbers for text notifications and three for voice notifications, so friends and family can stay informed. While the K-State mobile app, K-State Today, K-State Today Student Edition and LiveSafe app also may provide important messages and safety information, K-State Alerts is more immediate.

Kansas State University's primary concern is the health and safety of the university community.

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