A test of RIT Alert, the university’s emergency mass notification system, will be conducted at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 27.
All university students, faculty and staff will receive notification, and clear messaging that the notice is part of a system test, and no action is required on their part.
RIT Alert consists of two systems:
RIT implemented the Everbridge Aware system in June 2007. The system was chosen because it could send thousands of messages in minutes via voice, SMS text, email and instant message. RIT provides faculty (including adjunct), staff (including RIT Temp and extended part-time) and student contact data via Web API so that one source of contact information is maintained.
In 2008, RIT received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for emergency planning and preparedness. One element of the grant was to install a facility-based emergency notification system from Alertus Technologies. The initial implementation of beacons across campus was completed in 2010 with 55 beacons installed in academic and administrative buildings across campus, including four outdoor sirens. Since then, 40 more beacons have been installed.
Since 2010, Alertus Technologies has developed a number of enhancements that expand the reach of notifications:
Now when RIT Public Safety initiates an emergency notification from Alertus, the same emergency message will:
To sign up for the alerts, go to the RIT Alert – Emergency Notification page on the university’s website.