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MTSU plans Oct. 27 test for campus alert system wi...

MTSU plans Oct. 27 test for campus alert system with emails, texts, calls

Fading autumn foliage and “I Am True Blue” banners line Old Main Circle at the East Main entrance to Middle Tennessee State University in this fall 2020 file image. The MTSU horizontal logo and the Rave Mobile Safety logo are at the upper right of the photo. (MTSU file photo by J. Intintoli)

MTSU will briefly test its campus emergency alert system Wednesday, Oct. 27, with a short message for the university’s 24,800-plus registered users via email, text and automated phone calls.

Rave Mobile Safety logoThe test of MTSU’s Critical Notification System, conducted each semester by the University Police Department, is set for 1:15 p.m. Central Wednesday.

The university’s website, www.mtsu.edu, its MTSUNews.com official news site, and all digital signage around the Murfreesboro campus will display the test message as they would during a real emergency.

MTSU’s primary social media channels, including its Twitter accounts, @MTSUNews and @MTSU, and Facebook page, also will share the test alert.

MTSU Police Department logoMTSU uses its Critical Notification System, provided by Rave Mobile Safety’s “Rave Alert,” to update students, faculty and staff for weather emergencies, such as tornado warning affecting the campus, and other urgent university information.

All current MTSU students, faculty and staff automatically receive an email with the information; each also can choose to receive voice calls and texts, too. They can verify and update their Rave notification preferences by logging in at at www.getrave.com/login/mtsu.

Details on MTSU’s Critical Notification System and emergency preparedness plan can be found at www.mtsu.edu/alert4u. Information about “Rave Alert” and links also are available anytime on the university’s weather information page, http://mtsunews.com/weather.

MTSU tests and evaluates its Critical Notification System once each semester to pinpoint potential problems. Previous 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 (gina.fann@mtsu.edu)


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