Texas Tech Tests New Emergency Notification System
October 11, 2007
First test of Texas Tech's new emergency notification system successful
Texas Tech University completed the first test of a new emergency alert notification
system on Oct. 10.
The system delivered 28,213 phone messages as well as 32,852 e-mails and 9,020 text
messages were delivered in about 14 minutes.
"I am pleased that is first test has gone so well," said Jon Whitmore, president of
Texas Tech University. "It is vital that we are able to notify the Texas Tech community
immediately in emergency situations. Whether our students and faculty are in class,
in a residence hall room or office or walking across campus, we want them to have
accurate, up-to-date information so they can make wise and safe choices."
The university found it had 1,348 incorrect phone numbers in the system and some 1,000
numbers with no message system. Members of the Texas Tech community who did not receive
the message have not entered their current correct phone numbers into the system,
The emergency alert notification system automatically sends an e-mail to anyone with
an e-raider e-mail address and to those faculty members, staff and students who have
provided current, correct phone and/or text information. Individuals must log-on to
www.ttu.edu/emergency to submit their information to be included in the system. Up
to four phone numbers can be listed. One of the numbers can be designated as text-enabled.
Additionally, one of the phone numbers can be selected for TTY/TDD messaging for the
"The information that is provided for this system is secure and will be used only
in emergency situations. It will not be made available to any other service so you
will not receive any spam or advertising," said Whitmore.
In case of an emergency, the new notification system is only one of several tools
the university will use to alert the campus, including the university’s home page
at www.ttu.edu. A siren system operates throughout the campus. In addition, every
floor of every building on campus will have a designated employee responsible for
emergency notification should other means become unavailable.