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SUNY NY-ALERT is an emergency alert system based on the NY-ALERT system established by the New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO). SUNY campuses can use the SUNY NY-ALERT system to send emergency and safety information and protective action messages, to students, employees, and visitors to protect lives and well-being, protect assets and minimize campus disruption.
The SUNY NY-ALERT system can be used only by authorized campus personnel to send emergency messages, including emergency protective actions, warnings and post-incident information related to life safety issues to the campus community. SUNY NY-ALERT will not be used by any party for any political, financial or personal gain, advertisement or advocacy. All parties that use NY-ALERT will adhere to the professional ethics standards promulgated by the State of New York.
Alert notifications are allowed pertaining only to events in the categories identified below or other "life threatening" situations. "All Clear" and/or additional follow-up messages pertaining to end of event or additional instructions regarding the event are acceptable. General notifications of campus non-emergency events or activities are not acceptable via the SUNY NY-ALERT service.
No. Campuses can opt to have their own solution, but participation in this project is highly encouraged because it is free. SEMO has worked with major cellular companies to allow for priority handling of the calls and text messages. SEMO has also developed a system to prevent overloading a campus e-mail server when emergency messages are sent.
No. Students, faculty and staff will have the ability to opt out, but participation is voluntary and strongly encouraged. Those who opt out will have the opportunity to participate at any time by signing up on-line.
No. SUNY NY-ALERT will augment the other means, which include emails, Website, television, posters, etc.
Some SUNY campuses have reported that students and employees resist giving their contact information because they do not want to be bombarded with e-mails from the campus. Individuals are informed that this data will not be stored in Banner with the goal of having a higher participation rate.
Yes. You will be asked to sign up for SUNY NY-ALERT at the beginning of each semester. This may sound unnecessary, but this is actually for your protection. Many faculty, staff, and students change cell phone numbers/companies each year and do not submit their update information to important lists. We also have faculty, staff and students who leave for various reasons each semester (graduation, transfer to another campus, work) and this is the only way currently in existence to manage the list. Signing up only takes a few minutes, but the time spent could one day prove useful to you in the event of an emergency.
No. You will be allowed to enter up to three telephone numbers, two email addresses, one fax number and four text message numbers. They can be your local, work, home, cell or what ever number you want to enter. It doesn't matter what order either since the system will dial them all at about the same time.
If you have voice mail, the message will be left in your voice mail box. If you do not have voice mail, the system will redial each number up to three times before moving on to the next number.
If you are a student or employee of SUNY Plattsburgh, you can sign up for SUNY NY-ALERT through BannerWeb . It will be the first thing you see under the Main Menu.
Faculty and staff who use the SUNY Employee Services Portal can also sign up for SUNY NY-ALERT through the Portal. If you do not have access to BannerWeb, then you will have to complete a form and submit the information to University Police. Individuals affiliated with an organization on campus will be granted permission. If there is an issue, the requestor will be notified as soon as possible. (To receive the form, please contact University Police at SUNY Plattburgh, 518 564-2022.)
You can go into BannerWeb and update the information as often as possible. The latest information will override any previous information you have previously entered. However, be as accurate as possible.
Yes. SUNY Plattsburgh will conduct a test of the system each semester. The test during the fall 2007 semester will occur in November. Notification of the test will precede the actual test.
No. SUNY NY-ALERT is being provided as a FREE service to campuses so there is no enrollment fee. However, specific contract details are still being worked out with cell/text service providers, so airtime charges may apply for some participants.
No. The names and contact information of individuals who sign-up for SUNY NY-ALERT through BannerWeb are submitted on Monday afternoons after 4 p.m. If you sign-up after the list is sent, your name and information will be sent the following Monday. This is the procedure that SUNY established with SEMO.
If you have additional questions, please contact any of the following individuals for answers:
Emergency Management Coordinator
Chief, University Police
Executive Assistant to the President