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February 19, 2014

Steps suggested for Purdue Alert notification

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue officials are suggesting that the campus community add two numbers to their phone contact lists for Purdue Alert text messages.

"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."

Nearly 51,000 students and faculty are registered to receive Purdue Alert texts. Purdue is 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, Boiler TV and social media.

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/ 

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