The University of New Mexico will conduct a test of its emergency notification systems on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 11:02 a.m. The test will include all parts of the University's warning systems including sirens, e-mail, text messaging, social media updates and UNM website notifications. All campuses will be a part of this test.
The test, which includes a shelter-in-place exercise, is done three times per year at the beginning of each semester, also gives campus first responders an opportunity to activate the various systems as part of their routine training.
"The purpose of the test is to familiarize everyone with all of the various ways we notify the campus of an emergency or advisory,” said University Emergency Manager Byron Piatt. “It’s important to check your phones, computers and other devices during and after the test to make sure you receive the alert. Also, take a few minutes to review how you would respond in a real emergency.”
LoboAlerts is also the primary system utilized by the University in the event of inclement weather.
For information on test preparation and what you should do to update your personal information, visit Emergency preparedness at UNM; what you should know and do.
Non-UNM persons who work on campus, live in nearby communities, or otherwise have an interest in receiving emergency notifications can also receive LoboAlerts.
For more information about these alerts and other safety measures, visit: UNM Campus Safety.
1. This system is tested at the beginning of every semester. UNM's Emergency Management team advertises these exercises in advance. This is a good opportunity to log into the LoboAlerts System (loboalerts.unm.edu) using your UNM NetID and Password to verify your contact information and preferences.
2. If the siren sounds and you haven't been told that it would be a test, it is REAL. Heed the warning and do as instructed.
3. There are certain circumstances where it is safer to be inside rather than outside. If the "Shelter in Place" order is given and/or the campus warning siren sounds:
a. Immediately get inside the nearest building and proceed to an interior room or hallway.
b. Stay away from glass doors and windows.
c. Monitor text message alerts, campus e-mail or the UNM webpage for further information and updates.
d. Stay calm and stay put unless there is an immediate need to leave (i.e. a visible fire or life-threatening situation).
e. Precisely follow all instructions from Law Enforcement or Emergency Personnel.
4. The Campus Warning Siren System includes:
a. LoboAlerts: text, email, RSS, Facebook, Twitter
b. Warning Siren.
5. We also support the LoboGuardian System (loboguardian.unm.edu). This provides additional capabilities to your smartphone including:
a. Panic Button;
b. Safety Timer; and,
c. Anonymous Tip Reporting.
6. If you face an emergency:
a. Make yourself safe
b. Warn others of the situation
c. Call for assistance. UNM PD (505) 277-2241 are responsible for ALL incidents on campus. NEVER hesitate to contact them. They also provide escort service and bicycle registration.
7. Know the plans for your department and / or building. Reference the FlipChart.
8. Become a part of our Campus Community Emergency Response Team - 3 hours, professional physical education credit (PEP 293/593; Th 4-6:30 p.m.).
For more information about UNM's emergency preparedness activities, visit LoboRede.