The university plans to test its emergency communication methods at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, April 14. These methods include:
1. the Miami emergency text messaging system (via e2Campus), with e-mail option,
2. an all-Miami e-mail sent from the same e2campus server,
3. the voice- and display-based emergency notification feature of the VoIP telephones and
4. the video message boards in the Farmer School of Business, Hoyt Hall, on the regional campuses, the Voice of America Learning Center, as well as TV Ch. 42, the on-campus cable channel guide.
If, by chance, there is a weather- or emergency-related message that needs to go out that day, the test will be run one week later, at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 21.
Here is what to expect:
1. The text and e-mail tests will say “Test” in the subject line. The message will ask you to note the time you saw the message.
If you signed up another person’s cell phone number without adding an e-mail address, please notify that person of this planned test of the system.
2. All staff, students and faculty on all campuses should receive an emergency test e-mail from Miami U (email@example.com).
3. The telephones in offices and classrooms should give a loud verbal message that starts with “This is a test.” The voice feature will run once, so that if you’re not near a phone, you won’t hear it. The display message will remain until it is deleted, or in this test case, the phones are reset on Sunday morning, April 18. You can delete the message from your display by using the phone’s exit button. See instructions in this attachment.
4. Video boards will show a test emergency message for up to 10 minutes.
Some university members will receive a randomly sent survey. Please give the time when you received/read the messages, not when your carrier or email shows the message arrived.
You must sign up in order to receive the text message alert. All the other messages will be delivered automatically. If you haven’t yet signed up for text alerts, you can do so by going to muohio.edu/police and clicking on the red Emergency Text Messaging System box on the right.
We ask that you respond to the survey within two days, for instance, by 5 p.m. April 16 for the intended test date of April 14.
More information on Miami’s emergency preparedness as well as information on what you can do in a variety of emergencies is online at www.muohio.edu/emergency. This page will also temporarily have a link to the emergency communications test survey for those who are interested but don’t receive an emailed survey.