University of California, Riverside

Emergency Notification System


Announcement from Associate Vice Chancellor Rowley

May 29, 2008

Dear UCR Faculty, Staff, and Students,

The University of California, Riverside (UCR) deployed an Emergency Notification System (ENS) in October, 2007. This system allows UCR emergency personnel to send notifications to students, faculty and staff via text messages, e-mail and a variety of other communications methods. Since the deployment of this system, over 20,000 campus faculty, staff, and students have made either an "opt-in" or "opt-out" decision, and many of those who have opted-in have also indicated a willingness to facilitate testing of the system.

As it does with all campus emergency systems and practices, UCR continually tests the campus Emergency Notification System. The first "large scale" test of the ENS (involving all faculty, staff, and students who have expressed a willingness to test the system) will occur in early June, 2008. The test will be limited to the technology supporting UCR ENS and will not involve any associated emergency practices and procedures. Such a larger test is planed for the Fall 2008.

On Monday June 9, two text messages will be sent to UCR faculty, staff, and students who have opted-in and signed up for testing. The messages will be sent approximately one hour apart and each message will ask the participant to reply with a confirmation that they have received the message.

If you have not already signed up to participate in the Emergency Notification System and would like to receive a message in the event of an emergency, you may opt-in by visiting the ENS website at If you have questions about the ENS program, please visit the Emergency Notification System website at or e-mail Paul Walker at . Technical questions may be addressed to either the student ( ) or faculty / staff ( ) helpdesks.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this very important test of UCR's Emergency Notification System.

Charles Rowley

Associate Vice Chancellor
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