This system allows public safety officials to create emergency alerts that contain a recorded voice message, an email message, and a text message and send them to the current database of contact information for all employees and students. In crisis situations, the system will try all means of contacting each person in the database, and uses sophisticated means to verify contact so that we know we have reached everyone we could.
This system will be used for emergency notification and for periodic tests only. We have pre-identified 9 different emergencies that the system will be used for, including: Active Shooter, Fire, Flood, Weather Advisory, Weather Caused Closure/Altered Schedule, Health Emergency, Power Failure, Bomb Threat, and General Emergency.
Public Safety will administer the system and authorize all use of it. Contact Public Safety Director Denson Chatfield or Emergency Preparendess Manager Michael Bamberger if you have questions about this.
Yes, you can call the OSU Helpdesk at (541) 737-3474 to request opt-out. However, you should understand that this system will be the primary means of communication in an emergency and your life may depend on getting information in a timely way.
The OSU Computer Helpdesk at (541) 737-3474.
You will be responsible for any text message charges that your carrier assigns. Some customers may have unlimited plans in which case this will not be of concern; however, if you do not wish to pay for text messages simply do not provide us with that phone number.
As of September 2014, the portal has changed. You now need to create an account with Blackboard Connect and associate your OSU contact with that account. If you have not created an account yet, click the "Sign me up!" link on the portal login page. For step-by-step instructions, click the "Portal Help" link on the right of this page.
It is a placeholder. The OSU Alert system requires us to have at least one phone number for every person in the system - if we do not have a phone number listed for you, you will see an all 9s number instead. Please replace the 9s with your current and correct phone numbers.
The program is fully funded by Oregon State University and is offered at no cost to the participants.
Yes. The Connect-ED service has narrator capabilities for web navigation; as well as providing TTY/TDD message delivery with a single checkbox. This service additionally provides users with the option of utilizing the Dial-In messaging card for message activation.
Yes. The Connect-ED service allows users to send messages via voice, text, or voice and text depending upon the urgency of a call. Emergency calls result in notifications being automatically sent to all available contact points listed for each recipient for the type of call the user selects ( 6 phone numbers, 1 SMS (Short-Message Service) and 2 e-mail addresses.
Connect-ED service utilizes a fully redundant, zero-single point of failure system that ensures if one aspect of the system fails, back-ups and redundancies are in place to maximize up-time and call delivery to OSU. During the past twenty four months of service provision, Connect-ED successfully reported well in excess of 99.99% uptime, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance inclusive. This equates to less than five minutes down-time annually.
The Connect-ED service is tested through daily use. They deliver over 30 million calls monthly for over 21,000 clients.
We suggest you use the alternative home phone number or the secondary email address for your parents’ information if they wish to receive notifications.