The University of New Mexico is planning an exercise of its campus warning siren system on Monday, June 9. At 11:02 a.m., UNM will sound the sirens for approximately one minute, followed by a pause of the sirens for approximately one minute, followed by an "all clear" siren, again, for approximately one minute. There are two sirens which will set them off sequentially, approximately 30 seconds apart.
To prepare for the test, all UNM and UNMH staff, faculty, affiliates and registered students are asked to log into the LoboAlerts 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.
The instructions to persons on the UNM Campus during an actual activation are to seek immediate shelter and look for additional information. This additional information could come through our LoboAlerts System, email, the UNM web page and/or local media.
For a siren sample, click on the respective link.
Listen to the Emergency Alert
Listen to the All Clear
"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 Byron Piatt, UNM's emergency manager. "During the weather alerts last fall, we received reports of people not receiving text messages. 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."
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.
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.
Non-UNM persons who work on campus, live in nearby communities, or otherwise have an interest in receiving emergency notifications can also receive LoboAlerts. LoboAlerts are available via social media on the LoboAlerts Facebook and LoboAlerts Twitter pages, or individuals can create their own account on the LoboAlerts Community site.
If you have or your department has any questions regarding this upcoming exercise, contact Piatt at (505) (505) 277-0330 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, share this information with other appropriate members of your organization and or department.
For a list of Frequently Asked Questions and more information, visit: LoboAlerts.