Emergency-notification system to be tested March 17
The University of South Carolina will conduct its spring test of Carolina Alert, the campus-wide emergency-notification system, Thursday, March 17.
This exercise will test eight forms of communication, including the Carolina Alert webpage, RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook, sirens, text messages, university email and TV message crawl. The exercise will begin at precisely noon, but notifications may reach users slightly later, depending on the medium and the device.
The message on social media, text messaging, TV message crawl and RSS subscribers will be the following:
“This is a TEST of the Carolina Alert system. In an emergency, check http://www.sc.edu/CarolinaAlert.This is only a TEST.”
The message on email and the Carolina Alert website will be the following:
“This is a TEST of the Carolina Alert notification system.”
In an emergency, monitor www.sc.edu/CarolinaAlert, the Emergency Information Line (803-777-5700) and local media for more information and updates. For Twitter and Facebook alerts, go to www.twitter.com/carolinaalert and www.facebook.com/CarolinaAlert, respectively.
On Jan. 5, the university upgraded its text-messaging system. This means all faculty, staff and students must update their information and re-subscribe for Carolina Alert messages.
To re-subscribe, login to VIP (vip.sc.edu), and follow the series of screens to update information. To receive alert messages via text messaging, text “JOIN USCSMS” to the number presented on the VIP screen. A confirmation message from the number 34292 will arrive via text, at which point the mobile device is prepared to receive text messages from the Carolina Alert system.