AlertVU test scheduled for March 16

Vanderbilt will conduct a test of its AlertVU emergency notification system on Thursday, March 16, at 2:30 p.m.

AlertVU sends emergency messages in the event of an imminent threat or danger to the larger Vanderbilt community, such as a tornado forecasted to strike Vanderbilt or an active shooter on campus.

While AlertVU is used for those incidents that can impact a large number of Vanderbilt’s population, for those incidents that have limited impact, such as a fire contained to one building on campus, it is the university’s practice to communicate with those directly affected rather than use AlertVU to send a mass-emergency communication.

AlertVU rapidly sends messages to the delivery points in its database. Cell phone numbers provided by students to the university are automatically enrolled in the AlertVU database. Additionally, all Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff are automatically enrolled in the system using their Vanderbilt email addresses.

Faculty and staff can register other contact points—such as their cell/home phone, text messaging*, or personal email account—to receive AlertVU messages when they are away from their Vanderbilt email accounts.

All persons are encouraged to update their emergency contact information at least annually, or as needed. To update your contact information, proceed to the AlertVU homepage and choose the designated portal.

Students will be directed to the YES system. Faculty and staff members will be directed to the C2HR system. Once you’ve logged in, access and update your personal contact information, then check the appropriate box to either receive or opt out of the AlertVU messages.

If you need assistance with these steps, contact Jessamyn Davis.

*Users who opt to receive alerts via text message may be subject to charges from their service providers.