Will only be used when there is a severe threat to public safety and health of the entire campus that has not been contained or controlled and when immediate action is required on the part of the recipient group(s), (e.g. chemical spills impacting public health, tornado warnings, active shooters, etc.)
· Will not be used for non-emergency notifications such as lane closures, crime updates, inclement weather closings, localized building emergencies, situations that have been contained, situations where a threat does not exist, rumor control, situations where notification is merely a convenience or other situations when ArchNews is the most appropriate communication method
· Will not replace ArchNews for non-urgent messages
· Will be tested twice a year—during the February severe weather drill and again near the beginning of the fall semester
· Additional information about emergency situations when UGAAlert is activated will be posted on the UGA Emergency Website at www.emergency.uga.edu.
UGAAlertactivation - Athens Campus
UGAAlert Activation – Griffin Campus
UGAAlertActivation – Gwinnett Campus
UGAAlertActivation – Tifton Campus
Changes to this activation protocol
Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP)
The Office of Emergency Preparedness is responsible for homeland security initiatives and coordination of emergency management activities at UGA.
UGAAlert is the emergency mass notification system for UGA made available through the vendor, Blackboard-Connect-ED. UGA students, faculty, and staff with a valid MyID can register up to three telephone numbers and two email addresses to receive emergency alerts. The system can push out thousands of messages within minutes. UGAAlert Desktop is part of the UGAAlert System.
UGAAlert Desktop is an application for a computer that will show emergency messages from UGAAlert on the UGA owned computer. Messages will crawl across the bottom of the computer when a message from UGAAlert is issued.
UGA Emergency Notification Activation Plan
The purpose of this plan is to highlight the emergency notification systems utilized on the UGA campus and to assemble the policies and procedures for these notification systems into one document. The UGA emergency notification systems are complementary to one another, so a plan explaining how each system works will help in understanding how they can be used together. Also, due to the fact that UGA has several campus locations, emergency alerting protocols for each campus are handled differently. It is also important to organize the activation protocols and policies that govern each system. In addition, the plan provides an overview of all the emergency notification systems in use at UGA, provides a summary of campus UGAAlert activations and tests, and discusses marketing strategies in order to provide students, staff, faculty and visitors with information about emergency notification systems on campus.