OLLU Emergency Alert system to be tested tomorrow

test of the OLLU Emergency Alert System will take place tomorrow. The Emergency Alert System can be used to send out voice, text and email messages during an emergency. During the test of the Emergency Alert System, the message will clearly state that a test is taking place. During an actual emergency, the message will state the nature of the emergency and provide sources for additional information.

In an effort to keep the OLLU community well informed and safe in emergency situations, it is imperative that all students, faculty and staff know the ways that the university will communicate to the community if an emergency situation arises.

In the event of a campus emergency, OLLU will use voice, text and/or email messages to alert the community. Messages can be sent to cell phones, office phones, home phones and/or university email addresses.

In extremely time-sensitive emergencies, prerecorded messages will be sent out to alert the community that an emergency situation is taking place. The prerecorded messages allow for the fastest activation of the OLLU Emergency Alert System. Prerecorded messages will be followed by additional messaging as information becomes available.

Prerecorded messages fall into three categories:

  • Public Safety Emergency — this prerecorded message could be activated for a variety of emergencies, including threats from individuals or other situations that might endanger the community.
  • Weather Emergency — this prerecorded message would be activated in the event of a rapidly approaching weather-related threat.
  • Active Shooter — this prerecorded message would be activated if shots were fired on campus.

Follow-up messages:
After a prerecorded message is sent, the OLLU University Police, Administration and Communications team will continuously monitor the situation. When additional information is available, follow-up messages will be sent through some or all of the following channels:

How to review/update your Emergency Alert Number:
Visit the myOLLU portal to review/update the cell phone number through which you want to receive text alerts from the university. If you do not wish to receive alert text messages, you can remove your cell phone number. You will continue to receive email alerts through your OLLU email address.

Portal access is available through the university homepage. Follow these steps to review/update your phone number:

  • Select Menu at the top right of the university homepage
  • Under “Info For,” select the appropriate group (either Current Students or Faculty/Staff)
  • Use your OLLU username and password to log in
  • Under “Links” select “Self Service/MAP and Financial Aid”
  • When the Self-Service window opens, click on the Menu bar at the top left
  • Select “User Options” and then select “About You”
  • Scroll to the “Phone Numbers” section and review the phone number listed in the “OLLU Emer Alert Text #” section
  • Click on the pencil icon to edit the number, then select “Confirm” at the top of the “Phone Numbers” section.

For detailed instructions on how to review/update your phone number, including step-by-step screen shots, visit the ITS News and Information site on SharePoint

Additional information about the system and directions for updating contact information are available at www.ollusa.edu/Alert.

Feedback about the test can be sent to ert@ollusa.edu.