New Alertus App Pushes Campus Emergency Notifications

By Therese Stecyk Posted: September 27, 2019 2:45 p.m.

Two hands, each holding phones (iOS and Android) showing the Alertus message lit up on each phone.
Two hands, each holding phones (iOS and Android) showing the Alertus message lit up on each phone. Photos: University Advancement and Communications

The return of Godzilla? Zombie apocalypse? Only in the movies! When it comes to real-life emergencies like tornados or other life-threatening situations, the University of Regina is asking students, faculty, staff, and visitors to download the new Alertus emergency notification app to receive push notifications when an actual emergency is taking place on campus. The new Alertus app is free to download from the iOS App Store and Google Play Store.

It’s the latest addition to the University’s Emergency Notification System (ENS). The ENS is designed to ensure effective and timely warnings in the event of a life threatening situation when people must take immediate action to stay safe on campus.

“The emergency notification system uses our existing infrastructure – such as U of R computer monitors, wall-mounted beacons, and hallway television screens across the main and College Avenue campuses – to push out emergency messages. The U of R Alertus app will now allow us to push those notifications to personal mobile devices so anyone can receive the message anywhere they have service,” says Darren Cherwaty, Director of Health, Safety, and Wellness.

Activating a notification is decided on a case-by-case basis.

The new Alertus app replaces the notification function that was previously available on the official student app – which is a great way for students to check their class schedules, grades, important contacts, campus life resources, and more. Both apps are now available from the app stores.

“The University is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment on our campus. The new Alertus app is part of that commitment, and I encourage everyone – students, faculty, staff, families, friends, and campus visitors – to download the new Alertus app onto your mobile device,” says Dave Button, Director of Emergency Operations and Vice-President Administration.

“With the launch of the new Alertus emergency notification app, we now have two great apps for a great campus experience: Alertus for campus emergency push notifications; and, the official student app for your class schedule, grades, important contacts and campus life resources. I encourage everyone to download both apps,” says Button.

In addition to the Alertus app, look for ENS messages in the following locations:

  • On wall-mounted beacons located in common areas, classrooms, dormitories, and other occupant spaces on campus
  • On U of R computers connected to the Novell system
  • On television screens in hallways throughout the campus
  • On the University’s Twitter channel @UofRegina
  • On personal computers that have been connected to the Alertus system

During a campus emergency, information and instructions will be posted on the Emergency Info website. Click on the yellow Emergency Info link at the top of the University’s homepage. You will also find more details about the Emergency Notification System (ENS), including how to connect your personal laptop or computer to the ENS, plus emergency preparedness information for students.

How to Activate the Alertus App

  1. The Alertus app is available on the Google Play Store (Android) or App Store (iOS).
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  2. Look for the yellow Alertus Recipient app icon.
  3. Download the app.
  4. Type in “uralerts” (case sensitive) when asked to enter the organization code.
  5. You will then be asked to submit your email address and subsequently be sent an email verification notice.
  6. Once you verify your email, you are automatically signed up to receive any U of R ENS push notifications.
  7. Be sure to enable notifications for the Alertus app on your phone.
wall-beacon
The University’s Emergency
Notification System (ENS)
includes the Alertus app as
well as wall-mounted beacons,
like this one, located in
common areas, classrooms,
dormitories, and other occupant
spaces on campus.

 

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Emergency Info site