March 10, 2008

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AlertBG cell-phone text messages will be one method tested on March 12.

AlertBG cell-phone text messages will be one method tested on March 12.

Watch for emergency communications test Wednesday

The University will test its emergency communication methods on Wednesday (March 12).

When the campuswide test begins, you will:

• Receive an email from the BGSU Police.

• See the test alert message on the University home page. (The site will still be usable during the test. Viewers may click on MyBGSU and Webmail, for instance.)

• Receive a cell-phone text message from AlertBG, if you have signed up for the service.

• Hear an announcement on the public address system if you are in Jerome Library, the Student Recreation Center or the residence halls.

• See an emergency alert on the background of PC screens in the computer labs.

All the March 12 messages will state that the message is only a test, not a real emergency. Unlike in a real situation, there will be no “all clear’ following the test.

This will not be a test of the University’s actual emergency preparedness but only of its technological capability for communication, the crisis committee emphasizes. The committee asks the campus community to help by filling out the survey that will be available after the test to assess how effective each method was. The survey will be here.


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