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K-State Today

October 3, 2012

University's emergency notification system to undergo routine testing Oct. 9

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

At about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, 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 will also be tested.

K-State Alerts is used to ensure the safety of everyone on the K-State campus. When a dangerous condition exists on any of K-State’s campuses K-State Alerts is used to notify students, faculty and staff. 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. The eProfile system is available at http://eid.k-state.edu.

With text messages, factors such as service provider, coverage area and total load on local communication towers can impact when and if users receive text messages. 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 emailaddresses.

Individuals who sign up for the service and don't receive the test alert or any other alerts should contact K-State's IT Help Desk at 800-865-6143 or 785-532-7722. Users are responsible for any messaging charges from their phone service providers and for keeping their emergency contact information up to date.

More information is available at http://www.k-state.edu/safety/alerts.