"UNM tests the system at the beginning of each semester to familiarize the campus community with our various systems, to remind people to update their emergency notification data and preferences, and to encourage everyone to review their individual and organizational preparedness measures. It also gives our first responders an opportunity to activate the various systems as part of their routine training," said Byron Piatt, University Emergency manager.
During the test UNM will sound the sirens for approximately one minute. A pause will follow the sirens for approximately one minute, and then an "all clear" siren will be sounded for approximately one minute. At the same time, text and e-mail messages will be sent via LoboAlerts, and alerts will appear on websites and social media sites.
In an actual incident, individuals should seek shelter in the nearest building and look for additional information. If you receive a LoboAlerts text or e-mail, you are asked to follow any instructions it contains and to share the information with people around you, in case others have not received their alerts yet.
Listen to the Emergency Alert
Listen to the All Clear
To prepare for the test, all UNM and UNMH staff, faculty, affiliates and registered students are asked to log into the http://www.getrave.com/login/unm site and update their emergency notification information and preferences. The LoboAlerts system can store and contact up to three cell phones and three e-mail addresses per person. Although one can choose to receive either text or e-mail messages, or both, one cannot completely opt out of the system. UNM will use this system only for important information related to the safety and well being of our campus community, and we want to reach as broad of an audience as possible.
"If you are receiving alerts on the wrong phone number or e-mail address, or aren't receiving them at all, go to the LoboAlerts site and update your data so you're ready," said Piatt. "As many people discovered during the spring semester weather alerts, LoboAlerts may not have your preferred e-mail address or most recent phone numbers listed, but that is easy to fix."
Piatt also suggests that individuals add the numbers 26787 and 67283 to their address books as LoboAlerts. The numbers are the common short codes used by the system to send the messages. It is helpful to see a text message coming from "LoboAlerts" rather than some unknown number.
"During the spring semester weather alerts we received reports of people not receiving text messages," said Piatt. "In many cases we have found that the individual never entered their telephone number, entered it incorrectly or failed to check the text messaging box. We encourage everyone to select both the text and e-mail options."
On average, text messages are delivered 10 times faster than the e-mail messages. The timeliness of text message receipt can vary, however, based upon type of phone, carrier, location or battery strength.
"There is no single, guaranteed way to reach everyone all of the time, so we employ many different methods," said Piatt. "It is in everyone's best interest to try and receive all of those types of messages."
Friends and family members and other non-UNM persons including those who work on campus, live in nearby communities or otherwise have an interest in receiving emergency notifications can receive LoboAlerts emergency notifications as well, either by following LoboAlerts at http://tinyurl.com/LoboAlerts and http://twitter.com/loboalerts pages or by creating an account on the http://www.getrave.com/login/unmcommunity site.
For more information and Frequently Asked Questions visit: http://loboalerts.unm.edu.
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