Tuesday, March 28, 2023

UNCWAlert system test scheduled March 2

UNCW (Port City Daily/Alexandria Sands Williams)

WILMINGTON — UNCW plans to test its campus siren system in next week.

The university occasionally tests the UNCWAlert system to familiarize the campus with notification outlets and to perform routine maintenance of system components. 
This is what will be part of the March 2 test:

  • The UNCW Emergency Siren System (an audible message signals the start of the test and another signals the conclusion)  
  • Twitter  
  • Campus emails  
  • UNCWAlert text messages and phone calls  
  • Pop-up notifications on university-owned computers 

No action from the campus or community is needed during the test.
All students, faculty and staff will receive text alerts and telephone messages unless they have opted out. Members of the community, including parents and families, who have registered for emergency text alerts will also receive the test messages. Community members who have not yet registered for alerts can do so via this website.
The CREST campus is equipped with wall-mounted alert beacons, which activate during tests and emergencies. The university also uses its homepage and social media channels to share emergency information.  
During an actual emregency community members should monitor UNCW communication tools for instructions and wait for an all-clear notification.  
Student phone numbers are automatically registered to receive UNCWAlert emergency notifications through voice and text messages. Students should follow these instructions to review or update their contact numbers. UNCW strongly encourages students to remain signed up for the service to ensure they are always automatically contacted in the event of an emergency. Individuals may opt out by following these instructions.  
University employees receive UNCWAlert emergency notifications via voice calls and text messages. Emergency contact information is confidential and used only for emergency notification and periodic system testing. In an actual emergency, messages may be received at any time of day or night. Standard text messaging fees may apply, but there are no additional charges from the university.  

To ensure you are receiving UNCW Alert messages: 

  • Go to mySeaport > Employee Essentials > SeaNet.    
  • Under the “Personal Information” tab, there is an option to “View Address(es) and Phone(s)”.  
  • To provide or update a phone number do so under the “Update Address(es) and Phone(s)” option.   

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