UI to test Hawk Alert System Wednesday

BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 17, 2013 5:00 AM

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As required by federal law, the University of Iowa will test its emergency-notification system Wednesday.

The Hawk Alert system, used to notify the campus community of threats to physical safety in emergency situations including tornadoes, violence, and hazardous-material incidents, will be tested at 10 a.m. Wednesday, a Monday news release said.

Current subscribers are encouraged to answer their phones and listen to and read text messages, which will allow UI officials to monitor the system’s success.

Through Hawk Alert, UI administrators can send recorded or electronic emergency messages to UI students, faculty, and staff via mobile phones (both voice and text messages), home phones, office phones, and work and personal email addresses.

As programmed, the system will retry phone numbers if they are not answered.

Subscribers can manage the methods by which they receive Hawk Alerts through a number of outlets, including ISIS for students or employee self service for faculty and staff, as well as on the Hawk Alert website.

— by Quentin Misiag

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