A new option exists for users who wish to receive messages from the VT Alerts Emergency Notification System but do not have a valid PID (a unique campus identifier) to sign up for notifications. In addition to VT Desktop Alerts, which is available for download to anyone, parents, community members, and others can follow three Twitter accounts that are affiliated with the university.
The Twitter accounts are
- Twitter.com/vtalerts: Distributes emergency messages only, including when the system is being tested.
- Twitter.com/vtnews: Distributes emergency messages, in addition to news and information from Virginia Tech.
- Twitter.com/virginia_tech: Distributes emergency messages, along with information, pictures, and interesting facts about the university.
In addition to Twitter, posts made to the university’s VT News account automatically appear on the Virginia Tech Facebook page (facebook.com/virginiatech).
Adding the Twitter accounts provides another channel to receive the alert notifications within moments after their distribution. “It’s going to be an excellent location to point those who want to receive VT Alerts but do not have a PID,” said Michael Mulhare, director of Virginia Tech’s Office of Emergency Management.
In addition to the Twitter accounts, VT Alerts will deliver messages using some or all of these channels:
- The Virginia Tech homepage (www.vt.edu)
- Broadcast e-mails to all vt.edu accounts (valid for university students, staff, and faculty in six regions of the state)
- Electronic message boards in classrooms
- The weather/emergency hotline (540-231-6668)
- Campus sirens and loudspeakers
- VT Phone Alerts
- VT Desktop Alerts
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