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Sept. 25, 2014

MU to Test Emergency Warning System on Friday

University of Missouri officials will conduct a test of its emergency systems at 8:50 a.m., Friday, Sept. 26. This test is part of MU’s ongoing commitment to the safety of its students, faculty, staff and visitors.

“We test our emergency plans and warning systems annually,” said Jack Watring, chief of the MU Police Department. “The entire system, which includes alert beacons, desktop notifications, text messages and social media postings, will be activated.”

During the test, ALERTUS beacons will sound for 10 seconds and flash for three minutes; a test message will be displayed on the beacons. Beacons are located in lecture halls as well as common areas and hallways of most MU campus classroom buildings, Memorial Union and the MU Student Center. The drill also will test the ALERTUS and Blackboard Connect systems, which include:

  • Text message alerts to students, faculty and staff who have elected to receive warnings by text.
  • A mass alert email to all university email accounts.
  • Desktop notification to computer screens that have installed MU’s alert software.
  • Messages posted to MU’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  • An advisory notice on the MU Alert webpage.

The text message will be:

TEST TEST TEST This is a test of the MU Mass Alert and Warning System. In an actual emergency more information would be provided. TEST TEST TEST

University officials also have been updating emergency evacuation plans for all buildings on campus. Each building has established evacuation procedures detailed in the building’s emergency action plan; each building coordinator updates those plans on a regular basis, Watring said. One section, Annex J, in the Emergency Operations Plan addresses evacuation and transportation.

Students, faculty and staff can visit MU Alert for instructions on opting in to receive emergency text message alerts. A summary of MU’s Emergency Operations Plan and emergency procedures available online.

Sept. 11, 2014

MU Department of Student Life and the Safe Mizzou Coalition Host “Safe Mizzou 2014”

Safe Mizzou 2014 is a week of events designed to share information so University of Missouri students, faculty and staff can all live, learn, work and play in a safe environment.

For more information, visit the MU News Bureau website.

update your notification settings

Update your contact info for emergency mass notification system

In the event of a campus emergency that could affect the health and safety of students and employees, the university will immediately activate an emergency mass notification system. So that you can be warned of any pending danger, please update your cell phone and/or text messaging contact information.


  1. Go to myZou.
  2. Log in with your PawPrint and password.
  3. Click Emergency Mass Notification in the left-hand menu.
  4. Add your contact information (phone numbers and/or e-mail addresses).
  5. Click Done Updating.

Faculty and staff:

  1. Go to myHR.
  2. Log in with your UserID and password.
  3. Click Self Service.
  4. Click Personal Information.
  5. Click UM Emergency Information.
  6. Enter your cell phone, text messaging number, alternate e-mail address, and/or pager numbers. (Users may opt out of providing personal contact information).
  7. Click Opt-In or Opt-Out.

If you need to make changes to other personal information such as name or title, contact your departmental human resources liaison. If you experience any problems while using this application, please contact Tech Support in one of the following ways:

When the University initiates an emergency message, we will automatically call your cell phone with a voice message, send a text message to your cell phone, and send an e-mail message to your University e-mail account (in that order). If you respond affirmatively that you have received the message, the call sequence will cease.

Enrollment in this program is free. Your cell phone carrier may charge you for a text message if you do not have a plan that covers it; consult your carrier to confirm. The university will not use this contact information except in an emergency that has the potential to affect your health and safety.