Campus to test emergency notification system

The campus will conduct a test of the UMass Amherst Alerts emergency notification system on Wednesday, Dec. 9 between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., according to Brian Olsen, emergency and business continuity manager.

“This test is part of the university’s continued effort to evaluate and improve our ability to provide timely and effective emergency notifications and warnings during a campus emergency,” said Olsen.

The test will include the campus’s outdoor warning system, which features eight outdoor warning sirens across campus, and the UMass Amherst Alerts text messaging system.

“UMass Amherst Alerts text messaging is one of the primary methods the university will use to notify the campus community of an ongoing or imminent campus emergency,” Olsen said.

UMass Amherst Alerts subscribers are being asked to participate in a short survey after the test. Those who do not receive the text message by 4 p.m. should confirm that their cell phone number is entered correctly in SPIRE and that their cell phone was on.

The survey is available at