Oregon State University will test its emergency alert system by sending out a test message to anyone with a university email address at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
The message will instruct students and employees who haven’t registered an alternate email address, phone or text message numbers to do so at alert.oregonstate.edu.
In case of emergency, those registered with the alert system receive an email, recorded phone message and text message regarding the situation, and a follow-up message once the situation is defused. The system has capacity for six phone numbers, two email addresses and a text message contact number for 45,000 people.
OSU implemented the alert system in 2008 in wake of the April 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. Many universities nationwide have instated strict security policies and procedures since this shooting.
OSU’s alert was first used in March 2009, when local police and a SWAT team were involved in a standoff with a subject barricaded at Northwest 25th Street and Harrison Boulevard. The message alerted the campus community to avoid the area.