Princeton Weekly Bulletin   January 14, 2008, Vol. 97, No. 13   prev   next   current

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Emergency notification system

Last April, the University installed an emergency notification system to alert members of the community during events such as public safety emergencies, weather-related closings or public health crises. The system can send messages simultaneously to individuals through landline phones, cellular phones, text messaging and e-mail. 

• The Princeton Telephone and E-mail Notification System relies on contact information in the Student Course Online Registration Engine and the Human Resources Self-Service website. The notification system can access up to six phone numbers per person, in addition to two e-mail addresses and a separate text messaging address. At least one valid phone number must be provided in these systems for an individual to be registered. 

• As of Jan. 2, cell phone information had been provided by 3,103 undergraduate students, 1,437 graduate students and 2,276 faculty and staff members.

• The University ran an emergency notification test in October, during which the system made 18,634 phone calls, and sent 17,280 e-mails and 6,604 text messages. All e-mails and text messages were delivered within two minutes, and 70 percent of calls were successfully received within the first five minutes of the test.

To update contact information or learn more about the emergency notification system, visit

Source: Office of Environmental Health and Safety

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