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First 'AlertMe' Test Friday, Participation Urged

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  • February 7, 2009

As part of an effort to improve emergency communications, Cal State East Bay President Mo Qayoumi is urging students, faculty, and staff to register for the AlertMe system, which will have its first universitywide test Friday afternoon, Feb. 6.

AlertMe is a warning service that will be activated to contact the campus community in the event of an immediate threat to safety or health at CSUEB. AlertMe has the capabilities to alert the campus population by phone, text message or e-mail. Each registrant is allowed to choose the best ways to be contacted.

"Campus safety is important to Cal State East Bay, which is why a test of the new AlertMe system will be conducted on Friday," Qayoumi said. "I urge everyone to sign up for these important safety alerts now.

AlertMe only will be activated in emergency situations, such as an approaching wildfire, earthquake, bomb threat that police believe to be credible, someone with a gun who threatens the campus or a major chemical spill on or near campus. In those situations, registrants would be warned and instructed on how to proceed.

Everyone who has signed up for AlertMe will receive a test message Friday. The message will begin with, "This is a test of the AlertMe system." The test message will be sent to all of the contact information forms provided by each registrant, including e-mail, phone, and text message, if applicable. The message will also instruct those persons to visit the campus emergency Web site for further instructions.

There will be no need to do anything when the test message arrives, beyond looking at the Web site.

"If you still need to sign up with AlertMe, please do so right away so you can receive the test message on Feb. 6," Qayoumi said.

To sign up to have an alert sent to you, or to learn more about the system, go to the AlertMe Web site and provide your contact information.

"Of course, we hope that we will never have to use the AlertMe system," Qayoumi said. "While it is not required that you provide your contact information to the secure AlertMe system, for safety reasons I encourage all members of the campus community to participate."


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