Emory Report
November 12, 2007
Volume 60, Number 11

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November 12, 2007
Faculty and staff encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts

By elaine justice

Beginning the week of Nov. 19, all faculty and staff members will be asked to provide Emory with their mobile phone number and the name of their wireless provider. The reason? Emory will be offering faculty and staff the ability to receive emergency alerts in the form of a text message on both personal and Emory-provided cell phones.

"The alerts are intended to improve the awareness and safety of all members of the campus community," said Alex Isakov, executive director of the Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response. The text messages will be sent only in the case of a campus emergency, and will be based on a pre-defined protocol, he added.

The information will be collected in the Employee Self Service section of the human resources Web site (http://leo.cc.emory.edu). Faculty and staff will be presented with the Emergency Alert Information Collection page when they access any of the self-service options such as view paycheck or selected benefits.