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Alertus desktop notifications

Anna Martin, chair of the emergency management team, sent the following message to the campus community on Jan. 22, 2013 - Ed.

The College’s mass notification system is adding a new tool, Alertus Desktop Notifications. In the event of an emergency, Alertus pushes emergency notifications to the desktop of your computer or laptop via a full-screen pop-up window that includes details of the event.  Once you click "Acknowledge" the notification will disappear. Alertus is just one more tool to communicate with our campus, in addition to campus email, text, landline and cell phone, as well as social media via the W&M News Facebook page and W&M News Twitter page.

Roughly 2,000 faculty and staff, along with classroom and PAC lab computers, will automatically have Alertus installed. Other computers, such as Macs, your personal computer or student computers, will have to install Alertus. More information on how to install Alertus can be found on the IT website at

If you are new to the campus and have not yet enrolled in the mass notification system, you may do so through MyWM, Banner self service.  Simply click on to personal information and you will find "Update Campus-wide Emergency Phone Numbers.

The Emergency Management Team continues its ongoing effort to enhance safety and security on the William & Mary campus.  Our goal is to use multiple channels to create redundancy thereby reaching campus community members through at least one channel in the event of an emergency.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we continue to strengthen our emergency preparedness systems on campus.


Anna B. Martin

Vice President for Administration

The College of William and Mary