SUNY Oswego will conduct a simultaneous test of all of its emergency messaging systems Thursday, April 26.
Between 10:55 and 11 a.m., the college will send messages via the new outdoor emergency notification system, NY-Alert, the college home page, voice mail on campus phones, and the digital signage system. The test will not involve radio, television and other mass media, as a real emergency likely would.
The timing between classes is intended to minimize disruption while still testing during a fully active period on campus. Because thousands of email, text and voice messages are sent, the transmission process takes more than a few minutes.
The college home page, outdoor notification system and digital signage systems will reach anyone within their range. Voice mail will go only to campus phones with that service, and the NY-Alert messages will go only to those students, faculty and staff who have signed up for its phone, text and email messages.
SUNY Oswego tests its emergency messaging systems each semester. Higher Education Opportunity Act guidelines require institutions to test their emergency notification systems at least once a year.
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(Posted: Apr 13, 2012)