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Test of the W&M Emergency Notification System on Jan. 30

Sam Jones, chair of the W&M Emergency Management Team, sent the following message to the campus community Jan. 29, 2019. - Ed.

Dear William & Mary community –

William & Mary will conduct a test of its emergency warning and mass notification systems on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 12:15 p.m.  The drill will include both a test of the campus-wide siren system and the mass notification messaging system (text, phone call, email and Alertus - a notification to your computer screen). We test these systems at the beginning of each semester to ensure that all members of our community become familiar with them.

The emergency notification system allows the university to send messages to you in cases of a campus-wide emergency, a natural disaster, or inclement weather - as you experienced last week. If you received those messages, we have your current contact information. If you have not yet enrolled in the mass notification system, you may do so through this contact form in Banner. 

The mass notification system is not intended to ensure that every communication channel reaches every individual simultaneously.  Our goal is to use these multiple channels to create redundancy thereby reaching each individual through at least one channel. When text messages are sent, those will go to the first number listed in your Banner account. If you want texts to come to your cell phone, please check that your personal mobile number is listed in that first spot. Please do not duplicate numbers.

If you are not familiar with the sound of William & Mary’s Emergency Alert Siren, you may hear a sample of the tone on the university’s emergency information website.

In addition to campus email, text and cell phone, you can also receive emergency messages by following the W&M News Facebook and W&M News Twitter pages as well as the free W&M mobile app.

Sam Jones, Chair

William & Mary Emergency Management Team