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PSU Moving to New Emergency Alert System in the Second Quarter

4/2/2014 —

Penn State will begin using a new text-messaging service in late June to deliver critical information to students, faculty, staff and others. The process of transitioning from PSUTXT, the current service, to the new system, known as PSUAlert, starts at the end of May.

PSUAlert will be reserved for students, faculty and staff to ensure the fastest possible delivery of information during an emergency. The new system will offer enhanced messaging capabilities, including the addition of phone-based voice alerts as well as better integration with campus Facebook and Twitter accounts.

You do not need to take any action at this time; however, after PSUAlert launches, PSUTXT users who wish to continue receiving alerts will need to subscribe to the new service via a signup portal.

Throughout the transition process, the University will email communications and reminders, in addition to detailed instructions for subscribing. Also, news about the PSUAlert project will be sent to PSUTXT subscribers, and this information will be posted at http://news.psu.edu/tag/PSUAlert.

The University will text a link to the public announcement of the PSUAlert transition to all current Fayette PSUTXT subscribers April 2 at 11:40 a.m.

See the official announcement of the transition to PSUAlert at http://news.psu.edu/story/310153/2014/04/02/health-and-safety/university-will-transition-new-emergency-messaging-service.

A document with frequently asked questions is also available at http://news.psu.edu/story/310145/2014/04/02/health-and-safety/psualert-frequently-asked-questions.

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