September 21, 2010
The TechAlert! emergency communications system is tested twice each year. Check your information and Get the Message!
Texas Tech will test its TechAlert! emergency communications system at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28.
“The safety of our university community is our top priority,” said Ronald Phillips, university counsel and emergency management coordinator. “We test the TechAlert! system at least twice a year if it is not otherwise activated so it is vital that we have current phone, text message and e-mail contacts for all faculty, staff and students so emergency communications system can get the latest information out as fast as possible.”
If you have not already done so this semester, update cell phone, home phone or text message information at www.ttu.edu/emergency. The system is used to alert the university community of emergency situations or class cancellations or delays.
Texas Tech has used Blackboard Connect as its emergency communications system vendor since 2007. The Blackboard Connect platform can send thousands of messages in minutes, requires no additional hardware and can be used from any computer with Internet access or telephone. This ensures that university officials can send vital messages from wherever they are located – even if they are evacuated. Blackboard Connect serves more than 2,700 clients across the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean, which includes 3.6 million students and staff at 450 college campuses, 13 million K-12 recipients and 550 city and county governments.
Over the summer, staff from the Texas Tech Office of Communications & Marketing and the Office of the CIO in conjunction with similar teams from Angelo State University and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center coordinated an extensive review of service providers in the industry. Ultimately, a three-year agreement was reached with Blackboard Connect that resulted in cost savings for all three institutions.
“By leveraging the contract potential of all three institutions in the Texas Tech University System, we secured the industry leader in emergency communications at a lower cost than if we had negotiated as individual units,” said Texas Tech CIO Sam Segran.
Angelo State has been using Blackboard Connect since 2007, and the Health Sciences Center will begin implementation this fall.
TechAlert! is a mass notification system that simultaneously sends email, text and voice messages to alert the university community of emergency situations or class cancellations or delays.
- More than 17,000 students, faculty and staff have opted in to receive text message alerts.
- As of the last TechAlert! message, more than 40,600 voice and 35,400 email messages were sent.
If you have not already done so this semester, update cell phone, home phone or text
message information at www.ttu.edu/emergency. Up to four phone numbers can be entered, with TTY/TDD for hearing impaired and text
Parents, if you wish to receive TechAlert notifications, ask your student to include your phone number in their registry.