JCCC Alert Test on Nov. 2
This is a test…we repeat, this is only a test…
At noon Friday, Nov. 2, JCCC will be testing its updated emergency notification system in preparation for winter weather and the possibility of college closings.
At that time, the students, faculty and staff of JCCC should receive test messages.
These test messages will be:
- A text message to any text-capable phone enrolled in the system.*
- An email message to a jccc.edu account or stumail account.
- An announcement that comes across the college computer screen.
- A message on the digital signs on campus.
- A vocal notification via the public address system on campus.
- A message on the college’s official Twitter account.
- A post to the college’s official Facebook page.
Alisa Pacer, emergency preparedness manager, said she’d like everyone to pay close attention the alert methods used for the test.
“Testing is the only way to validate our processes are functioning properly and is a must,” she said. “If employees and students have not already done so, they should log on to at MyJCCC and the tab for JCCC Alert found there in order to validate their contact info for emergency contact notification.”
The test is the first wide-scale test of the new JCCC Alert system. It works like this: in the event of an emergency, automated software (called Rave) is utilized to make sure multiple channels of communication are relaying the same basic information to reach as many people in the shortest amount of time possible. The message may be in written text or voice form.
“In an emergency situation, having an integrated process for notification is critical,” Pacer said. “When emotions are running high, the JCCC Alert system can get the information out there, quickly and systematically to keep them informed.”
* Students, faculty and staff who provided a cell phone number to the college are already included in JCCC Alert. Why? Because the college switched from an opt-in system (where you signed up to receive emergency text messages or phone calls) to an opt-out system (where you now must follow certain steps to be removed from receiving emergency notification).
“We highly encourage people to stay enrolled,” Pacer said. With this change in philosophy, the number of people receiving emergency text messages doubles, from 12,000 in 2011-12 to more than 25,000 in 2012-13.
Concerned community members, such as students’ parents, may also receive emergency updates. The student, staff or faculty member just needs to add numbers to his/her account via the JCCC Alert link located at MyJCCC.Comments or concerns following the test should be directed to Pacer via email or at 913-469-8500, ext. 7622.