Cathy Summa-Wolfe, Director
Communications & Community Relations
College of Marin Enhances Emergency Communications With AlertU
College of Marin has implemented AlertU, an emergency notification system. The college will use the text message alert system to send emergency information and updates to the mobile devices of participating students, faculty, staff and community members in real-time.
AlertU is a web-based, emergency text alert notification platform that delivers secure communications to subscribers’ mobile devices, designed for K-12 schools, college and university campus communities and enterprise facility management. Friends and family are also able to receive alert updates. There are no fees to subscribers for enrolling in the service, however standard text message rates apply.
There are two ways to subscribe for Marin College alerts
- From a computer:
- 1. Go to www.alertu.org/mccd
- 2. Enter your cell number and indicate if you are staff, faculty, etc.
- 3. On your cell phone, you will receive a welcome text message: Please join MCCD’s Emergency Alert System. No spam. Reply Y to sign up…
- 4. From your cell phone, Reply “Y” (only the letter “Y,” nothing else)
- 5. That’s it
- From your cell phone:
- 1. With your cell phone, text “MCCD” (your campus keyword) to 253788 (ALERTU)
- 2. You will receive a welcome text message: Please join MCCD’s Emergency Alert System. No spam. Reply Y to sign up…
- 3. From your cell phone, Reply “Y”(only the letter “Y,” nothing else)
- 4. That’s it
- RECOMMENDATION: To make it easier for you to recognize emergency messages, store the number 253788 in your cell phone’s phone book as “AlertU”
We value your privacy as students and staff at Marin Community College District and can promise:
- You will never receive any mobile spam
- No personal information will ever be shared with anyone
- Only MCCD College Police will have access to the alerting system
- The AlertU system will only be used in the event of an emergency/crisis
- The service is free, though the users standard text message rates/plans apply
It is expected that in the event of a crisis or emergency, AlertU will greatly help minimize both risk and damage for our students, faculty, staff, and school. While this service is only one of the many methods that may be needed in getting the word out in a crisis, it should be the most immediate.
For more information contact Sgt. Darryl Kesecker, Marin Community College Police Department at 415-485-9478 or visit www.alertu.org.
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