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UMD Announces Changes to Alert Messaging System

April 16, 2014

Crystal Brown 301-405-4621

University of MarylandCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland announced today changes to its UMD Alerts system, a channel used to provide critical information and instructions to members of the university community, especially during emergency situations.

During the last 12 months, university officials have undergone an evaluation of the emergency notification process and alert system in an effort to improve communication with staff, faculty and students.

Since 2007, any person affiliated with UMD has been able to subscribe to UMD Alerts. To improve the speed of notification to the campus community, effective today, the UMD Alerts text and email messaging system will send updates only to current students, faculty and staff. This reduced number of subscribers will improve the delivery speed of notifications to those who need to take action in an emergency – the campus community.

All registered students and employees with active UIDs will remain in the system and no action is required to remain subscribed to UMD Alerts. Current students and employees can change or update their contact information for alert notifications at https://alert.umd.edu.

Those who are not current students, faculty or staff, such as parents, media, and alumni, may receive updates when UMD Alerts are issued by following the University of Maryland Police Department on Twitter (@UMPD) and Facebook (University of Maryland Department of Public Safety) or by subscribing to the UMPD news site (umpdnews.umd.edu). Instructions on how to subscribe to UMPD News are available at http://www.umpdnews.umd.edu/node/55.  College Park residents not affiliated with UMD may register to receive relevant updates here.

For additional information, visit https://alert.umd.edu.