MTSU will briefly test its campus emergency alert system Wednesday, June 28, with a short message for the university’s 23,300-plus registered users via email, text and automated phone calls.
The test of MTSU’s Critical Notification System, conducted each semester by the University Police Department, is set for 1:15 p.m. Wednesday.
The university’s website, www.mtsu.edu, its MTSUNews.com official news site, and all digital signage around the Murfreesboro campus will briefly display the test message as they would during a real emergency.
MTSU used its Critical Notification System, provided by Rave Mobile Safety’s “Rave Alert,” shortly after 1 a.m. April 1 to notify the campus community to take cover following a National Weather Service tornado warning.
Less than an hour later, an EF2 tornado, spawned by an overnight severe-weather outbreak that stretched across the Midwest, South and Eastern United States, formed south of Murfreesboro and heavily damaged the Readyville community, located about 15 miles east of campus on the Rutherford-Cannon county line.
Details on MTSU’s Critical Notification System and emergency preparedness plan are available at www.mtsu.edu/alert4u. Information about “Rave Alert” and links also are available anytime on the university’s weather information page, https://mtsunews.com/weather.
Current MTSU students, faculty and staff can verify and update their Rave contact preferences by logging in with their usernames and passwords at www.getrave.com/login/mtsu.
MTSU tests and evaluates its Critical Notification System each semester to pinpoint potential problems. Tests continue to show a near-100 percent message success rate, and digital signage in campus buildings displayed the test alerts within 30 seconds of transmission.
— Gina E. Fann (firstname.lastname@example.org)