Drexel University has implemented an emergency notification system called DrexelALERT, which will enable fast and efficient dissemination of critical information to students, faculty and staff of the Drexel University community, including students, faculty and staff of the Drexel University College of Medicine.
Within minutes, DrexelALERT allows the Department of Public Safety to send alerts through text messaging, phone, and e-mail to numerous devices, such as mobile phones, Drexel-owned landline phones, and e-mail accessible devices. This system provides Drexel students, faculty, and staff with an additional layer of security and protection for emergency response, in conjunction with the University's already well-established emergency communication methods, such as Drexel-wide broadcast e-mails, online updates via the Drexel and Public Safety website homepages, and the coordinated use of public media outlets.
DrexelALERT is designed to provide emergency information regarding situations that constitute an ongoing threat to the Drexel community, such as an armed suspect on the loose, active fire or credible bomb threat, to name a few situations. An “all clear” message will be sent once an emergency situation is stabilized and it is deemed to be safe to resume normal activity. DrexelALERTs are not meant to be news releases regarding incidents that may have occurred or do not amount to an ongoing threat.
The effectiveness of this emergency notification system depends upon individuals providing accurate and up-to-date personal contact information.
All references to "Drexel University" or the Drexel University "community" also include the students, faculty, and staff of the Drexel University College of Medicine.
For further assistance and more information about this system, please visit the DrexelALERT Frequently Asked Questions.
Additional SMS/Text Message advisories
DrexelALERT is an emergency alert of an ongoing threat to the campus community, however, the Department of Public Safety may utilized the emergency notification system for three additional types of advisories:
- Public Safety ADVISORY is a message for incidents that may impact University operations, such as a facility power outage or traffic disruptions.
- Public Health ADVISORY is a message regarding potential health concerns, such as the H1N1 virus or a meningitis outbreak.
- Campus Weather ADVISORY is a message announcing severe weather, such as a snowstorm, in which the University may delay or cancel classes and/or operations.