All Clear: UNCWAlert System Test Completed on March 10

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

UNCW completed a full test of the UNCW Alert System on Wednesday, March 10. The test coincided with a statewide tornado drill. 


Original message below:


A full test of the UNCWAlert system is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 10, to coincide with the statewide tornado drill. An audible message will announce the siren test is about to begin and another message will announce the siren test has concluded.
Please note: This is only a test of the UNCWAlert communication tools and no action from the campus or community is needed. All students, faculty, and staff will receive text alerts and telephone messages unless they have “opted out.” Any members of the community who have registered for emergency text alerts will receive the test messages as well. Community members who have not yet registered but are interested in receiving alert messages may go to this website to register for alerts.
The UNCWAlert emergency notification system consists of numerous communication resources, namely the UNCW Emergency Siren System, the UNCW homepage, Facebook, Twitter, campus-wide emails, and UNCWAlert text messages and phone calls, to communicate with the campus and community during emergencies. Located at the CREST campus only are wall-mounted alert beacons that activate during tests and emergences.
EH&S, University Police and the Office of University Relations periodically test the UNCWAlert system to familiarize the campus community of notification outlets and to conduct routine maintenance of system components.
During an Actual Emergency
Monitor UNCW communication tools for instructions and updates and wait for an all-clear notification.
Student Notifications
Student phone numbers are automatically registered to receive UNCWAlert emergency notifications by voice and text message. Students should follow these instructions to review or update their contact numbers. UNCW strongly encourages students to remain signed up for the service to ensure they are always automatically contacted in the event of an emergency, but individuals may opt out by following these instructions.
Faculty and Staff Notifications
University employees receive UNCWAlert emergency notifications via voice calls and text messages. Emergency contact information is confidential and is only used for emergency notification and periodic system testing. In an actual emergency, messages may be received at any time of day or night. Standard text messaging fees may apply, but there are no additional charges from the university. Please see this document (PDF) to change contact numbers or to opt out of notifications.
Additional resources:
UNCW Emergency and Safety Information
General Safety Tips from the University Police

- Caroline Cropp