As part of its emergency preparedness plans, Duke will test the DukeALERT mass notification system on Wednesday, July 17.
Beginning at 10 a.m., all faculty, students and staff will receive a test email, and a text message will be sent to the mobile devices of all students, faculty, and staff who have registered to receive the service. Registering for text messaging is simple for those who have not yet signed up. Duke's information line (919) 684-INFO will also provide a recorded message during the test.
After emails and text messages are distributed, the sirens that comprise the outdoor warning system will sound. The siren’s tone is considered an "all hazards" alert to get the community's attention and will be activated for any type of emergency that requires people to take shelter immediately.
Since this is a functional test of the system, Duke community members do not need to seek shelter or evacuate. However, Duke community members should take the time to understand how they will be notified in the event of a life-threatening emergency like a tornado sighting or active shooter on campus. Visit the DukeALERT site for details about how to respond to different emergency scenarios.
Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to download the free mobile safety app, LiveSafe, through the Apple App Store or Google Play. Duke's LiveSafe app underwent an update this summer that includes a new look and home screen features. The app allows users to send tips through the touch of a button to Duke Police, which monitors messages 24/7. With the “SafeWalk” feature on the app, users can allow family or friends to virtually escort them to a destination on a real-time map. Community members can now more easily track campus buses in real-time and request a Duke Van.
A system test is conducted during the spring and fall semesters and during the summer when the audience is significantly different with various camps and programs on campus.
Note: Post this flier in your office to help promote the test and encourage faculty and staff to register for DukeALERT text messaging.