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September 22, 2008

UAlbany to Test NY Alert on Sept. 29

UAlbany student receiving a text message.

When UAlbany tests the NY Alert system on Sept. 29, students will receive a text message and a phone call. (Photo Mark Schmidt)  

The University will administer a test of the SUNY NY Alert system on Monday, Sept. 29. Participants will receive a phone call, text message (if their phone is set up for text messaging) and e-mail if they signed up for these services. The test will allow the University to gauge where possible improvements need to be made.

SUNY NY Alert was implemented at the University last fall and enables designated personnel to send out critical emergency information concurrently through e-mail, phone and text messaging.  The system is used only in the case of critical emergencies, such as an imminent threat to the safety and security of the members of the UAlbany community. It will also be used in the case of severe weather when classes need to be cancelled.

Two students check their cell phones for a text message.

Two UAlbany students checking their cell phones for a text message. (Photo Mark Schmidt)

This alert system complements methods already in place, including broadcast e-mails, alerts on the UAlbany home page and MyUAlbany, person-to-person contact, bulletin board postings and local media outreach.

Members of the UAlbany community who wish to sign up for SUNY NY Alert, or wish to change their current information, should go to MyUAlbany and choose SUNY NY Alert.  You can enter or change cell phone information as well as other contact information as appropriate. It is important to remember that all alert systems are only as good as the information provided by participants.

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