|Campus Safety and Security explains emergency notification testing|
On Monday, June 22, Campus Safety and Security officials tested two of several communication methods used for emergency notification to the UND campus. The following is summary of the two communication methods used.
The test on Monday morning was different than the previous tests conducted earlier this year. Rather than push the message out to all campus persons (faculty, staff and students) to all devices, this test was limited in scope to only faculty and staff while utilizing an "escalation" process. This escalation process is intended to minimize the number of duplicate messages, thereby reducing the overall time for message delivery to the devices.
At 8:42 a.m., a message was pushed out through NotiFind contacting faculty and staff utilizing text message, personal or work cell phone, and campus phone. Escalation worked as follows:
1) Text message - if the text message was sent successfully, NotiFind stopped trying to contact you. That would have been the only message received.
If the text message was not successful, the system continued routing the message to:
2) Work Cell/Home Cell phone - if the system placed a call successfully to either of these devices, the system stopped trying to contact you.
If the phone call to a work or personal cell phone was not successful or acknowledged, the system continued routing the message to:
3) Campus phone - this was the system's final attempt to contact you.
If the phone call to your campus phone was not successful or acknowledged, there was no additional contact made. Due to the time of the day and the content of the NotiFind message, home phone numbers were not selected for this test. Faculty and staff would either be at work or out of the office. If a person was at home, depending upon where they live, they would have not heard the outdoor door siren system for the UND campus.
If you did not receive a NotiFind message on Monday, June 22, please email your contact information to Anita of the Payroll Office at email@example.com. For those who have their personal cell phone listed as their "home phone" within PeopleSoft, no contact was made during this test. Cell phone numbers should be listed under the "personal cell phone" or "work cell phone" fields.
Outdoor siren system: The second emergency notification test utilized the four outdoor sirens strategically placed throughout campus.
At approximately 9:05 a.m., a message of five steady electronic beeps followed by the digital voice, "This is a test of the UND outdoor emergency broadcast system, this is only a test" was released for persons outdoors.
Several Campus Safety and Security employees were stationed outdoors in various parts of the campus to evaluate the clarity and volume of the test. All reports from outdoors were affirmative that sound and clarity were adequate.
The siren system is intended for outdoor notification. Depending on your location within a campus building, you may or may not have heard the sirens. In the event of an actual emergency, please note the siren system is one of many communication tools that will be used to notify the campus community. Other communication mechanisms include NotiFind, local media, email, the UND web page, building public address systems, etc.
We are pleased to have the new outdoor siren system in our inventory of communication tools, and hope this note helps all members of our campus community better understand the variety of ways we plan to provide emergency information to you.
-- Campus Safety and Security.