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SUNY Oswego will conduct a simultaneous test of the college's emergency communication systems on Thursday, November 29.

At approximately 11:10 a.m. on Thursday, the college will send messages via NY-Alert, the college website, campus phones including classroom and conference phones, teaching station computers, emergency broadcast system outdoor speakers, and digital signage. The test will not involve radio, television and other mass media, as a real emergency likely would.

You may recall that earlier this year, the college announced enhancements to its emergency communication system, which now includes the dissemination of an audio broadcast message via phones that are present in classrooms and conference rooms, and a visual message/alert that will automatically appear on teaching stations in use.  The timing of the alert – at the beginning of 11:10 a.m. classes on Thursday – is intended to fully test the enhanced notification system, while minimizing disruption to classes in session. 

The college home page, outdoor speakers and digital signage will reach anyone within their range, while the NY-Alert messages will go to campus phone lines with that service, including all faculty/staff phones, and to those who have signed up to receive alerts via phone, text and/or email. To learn how to subscribe for the NY-Alert emergency messaging service, visit

Thank you for your participation and understanding as we initiate this very important test of our emergency communication systems. 

Wayne Westervelt
Chief Communication Officer
SUNY Oswego