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Reminder: Emergency Notification System/Outdoor Warning System Test on Tuesday

Contributed by News on 09/15/19 

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Ithaca College will hold a campus-wide test of its Emergency Notification System (ENS) and Outdoor Warning System (OWS) at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 17. The ENS uses voice, e-mail, and IC Alert text messaging to provide information and instructions in the event of a campus emergency. The OWS uses a siren tone and outdoor loudspeaker message to supplement the message for those on campus. There is no need to take any action in response to the test.

At this time, by default, ENS messages go to all active Ithaca College email accounts and to faculty and staff office telephones that are listed in the campus directory.

It is important to have multiple ways to receive alerts in order to ensure access to essential notices. Because of system capacities, not everyone will receive an alert message by each method at exactly the same time.

To receive alerts using all three methods, members of the campus community need to enter their contact information by going to the Emergency Notification System website at https://www.ithaca.edu/emergencynotification and logging in using their Netpass. It takes one full day for additions/revisions to contact information to take effect.

The IC Alert text messages should show on your mobile device as coming from one of the following five numbers: 67283, 78015, 77295, 81437, or 226787. If the message you receive appears to be coming from an individual by name, please contact the IT Service Desk at (607) 274-1000 or servicedesk@ithaca.edu for assistance in fixing the issue.

As part of Ithaca College’s ongoing efforts to improve emergency preparedness and response, the college is now partnering with Rave Mobile Safety to deliver messages through the ENS.

The ENS/OWS will be used when it is imperative for the college to contact students, faculty, and staff as quickly as possible in the event of an emergency. This can include, but is not limited to, cancellation of classes due to severe weather conditions, a fire or a chemical leak requiring the evacuation of a building or closing of a portion of the campus, or an ongoing criminal incident that requires members of the campus community to take action to ensure their safety.

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