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by Melanie Moran | Posted on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 — 3:46 PM
AlertVU, Vanderbilt’s emergency notification system, will be tested again Jan. 15. All Vanderbilt faculty, students and staff should log in to the system now to make sure their contact information is complete and up-to-date and to provide additional contact information such as cell phone numbers so that they will receive critical information during emergencies.
Go here to update your preferences. Even if your information has not changed, you are strongly encouraged to log in, check your information and add your mobile device information.
Faculty and staff will log in to C2HR, click on “Personal Profile” in the right-hand column, and click on the “edit” button at the bottom of their Personal Profile page to edit preferences. Students will update their information in YES in the “Phone Numbers” section.
AlertVU recently was expanded to include all members of the Vanderbilt community and strengthened by a new, more robust operating system. With the upgrade to the system, all members of the Vanderbilt community have been automatically signed up to receive alerts via their Vanderbilt email addresses and their campus phone lines, if they have phone lines. The first test of the system was sent Jan. 2.
All users may enter additional phone numbers, such as cell phone numbers for text messaging and home phone numbers. The system is capable of sending notices to virtually any communications device the user chooses. It is important to have multiple points of contact entered into the system as you may not receive all alerts at once. Having multiple delivery methods is the best way to ensure you receive the information quickly in some way in the event of an emergency.
AlertVU was launched in 2008 to notify Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff in the event of an immediate threat to safety, such as an approaching tornado or an active shooter. The original system required users to sign up to receive alerts.
In the event of an emergency, AlertVU is one of the ways members of the Vanderbilt community will receive information. The university homepage will continue to be the primary location for all information and ongoing updates.
Melanie Moran, (615) 322-NEWS
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