President Qayoumi Urges Support of AlertMe System Test Friday

  • January 30, 2009

To: The Campus Community

From: President Mo Qayoumi

Date: Feb. 3, 2009

Re:Emergency Communications Test Friday

Campus safety is important to Cal State East Bay, which is why a test of the new AlertMe system will be conducted on Friday, February 6, 2009. I urge you to sign up for these important safety alerts now.

AlertMe is an alerting and warning service for students, staff, and faculty. It is activated to contact you when there is an immediate threat to safety or health affecting the campus community. AlertMe can alert you by phone, text message, or e-mail. You are allowed to choose the best ways to reach you. It is not required that you provide your contact information to the secure AlertMe system, but I encourage all members of the campus community to participate.

AlertMe will only be activated when absolutely necessary. For example, you will be warned and instructed about what to do if there is:

  • An approaching wildfire;
  • An earthquake;
  • A bomb threat that police believe is credible enough to take precautions;
  • Someone with a gun threatening the campus;
  • A major chemical spill that requires action;
  • Other kinds of significant emergencies on or near campus where warnings will be helpful.

If you have already signed up with AlertMe you will receive a test message on Friday, February 6. The message will begin with, "This is a test of the AlertMe system." This test message will be sent to all of the contact information forms you added to the AlertMe system (including e-mail, phone, and text message if applicable). The message will also instruct you to go to the campus emergency Web site for further instructions. You do not need to do anything when you receive the test message 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 February 6. 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. But in order to be prepared for an event we cannot predict, everyone is encouraged to sign up with AlertMe.

Thank you for your assistance, and your commitment to Cal State East Bay.


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