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Emergency Alerts

Campus Emergency Notification System / Connect-ED

Students, faculty and staff can be enrolled in Alcorn State University's state-of-the-art emergency notification system, Connect-Ed. It is the quickest way to ensure that our campus community receives critical university notifications on safety issues, school closings, weather alerts, and any other emergency or police matter.

The system sends simultaneous messages to all registered recipients: via text-message capable phones, PDAs, and computer e-mail in order to alert registrants of information critical to their safety and well-being.

It is crucial that we are able to notify our campus-community quickly in time-sensitive situations because up-to-date communication helps minimize the spread of mis-information, restore order, provide direction, and even save lives or injury.

The system can be used to notify entire student populations, faculty and staff members of school closures and contingency plans due to unforeseen incidents.

It is imperative that you register to receive Connect-ED alerts if you are a part of the Alcorn Community.

The Connect-ED service has been successfully used for communication by schools across the country during events, such as the wildfires in Southern California, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ernesto, school evacuations, campus notifications required by the Clery Act, and to help locate missing persons. Click here for more information about Connect-ED

For information about the Connect-ED service for post-secondary educators visit: www.blackboardconnect.com

About Connect-ED

Connect-ED® Implemented to Keep OUR CAMPUS Informed

“In today’s current climate we need to be prepared for situations that we never could have anticipated happening and recognize the important role that immediate communication plays in keeping the university community safe.”

“As part of our comprehensive critical response plan, we have added the Connect-ED service because of its successful track record and multi-modal capabilities that will allow us to keep students and staff informed whether they are in their dorms, sitting in front of their computers, or on their way to class.”

The Connect-ED service enables campus leaders to schedule, send, and track personalized voice messages to up to six phone numbers per student and staff member, and immediately sends messages via four different modes of communication:

  • Voice messages to home phones, work phones, cell phones, and even e-mail addresses
  • Text messages to cell phones, PDAs, networked digital signage, and other text-based devices
  • Text messages to e-mail accounts
  • Messages to TTY/TDD receiving devices for the hearing impaired
“Notifying the university community immediately is crucial in time-sensitive situations, such as a severe storm or campus closure. It is essential for students, staff and faculty to enter their contact information into the Connect-ED database. The more means we have to contact individuals, the better our odds are of spreading timely information and updates and keeping everyone safe.”

For information about the Connect-ED service for post-secondary educators visit: www.blackboardconnect.com

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