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September 27, 2017

K-State Alerts test emergency notification system today

Submitted by Division of Communications and Marketing

As part of National Preparedness Month, K-State Alerts will test the university's emergency notification system at 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, in conjunction with the National Emergency Alert System test. 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.

The test also will include notifications on the university's home page, email messages, Twitter and Facebook posts, alert beacons in various buildings on all three campuses and the tornado sirens. 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.

If a person only needs alerts for one or two of the campuses, they are encouraged to modify their settings in Connect. To change your settings or update your contact information, visit the K-State Connect website and click "Manage K-State Alerts."

Following the test, an email survey will be distributed to K-State Alerts recipients to help the university evaluate the effectiveness of the test. Your feedback is extremely valuable and will help us better utilize the K-State Alerts system.

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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