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September 14, 2012

Steps suggested for Purdue Alert notification

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - In conjunction with National Safety Day, Sept. 26, Purdue officials are suggesting a way to supplement the current Purdue Alert system.

 "The Purdue Alert text messages are sent from two different phone numbers - 67283 and 226787," says Carol Shelby, senior director of environmental health and public safety. "We suggest that you add these two numbers to the contact list in your phone and label the contact "Purdue Alert." That way, when you receive the alert messages, you'll know immediately that it's sent to you by our Purdue police."

More than 50,000 students and faculty are registered to receive Purdue Alert texts. Purdue has partnered with Rave Mobile Safety for sending text message alerts. Other components for Purdue Alert - activated on a case-by-case basis- include sirens, campus-wide emailing, Purdue home page, and Boiler TV.

To register for the text messages go to http://www.purdue.edu/securepurdue, click on "Change My Emergency Contact Number," enter your Purdue career account login and password, enter your cell phone number, and click "Save."

It is suggested that Verizon Wireless subscribers update the network information in their cell phones quarterly to help ensure they will receive the text messages. To do so, call *228 ("star" 228) and select option 2, "Update Roaming Capabilities." No action is necessary for other wireless carriers.

For more information on Purdue's Emergency Preparedness programs, go online to http://www.purdue.edu/emergency_preparedness/

Writer:  Jeanne Norberg, 765-494-2084, jnorberg@purdue.edu

Source:  Carol Shelby, 765-494-7504, cshelby@purdue.edu