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OSU students, faculty, staff encouraged to provide emergency contact information

Thursday, May 31, 2007

In order to broaden its ability to effectively reach the campus community in the event of an emergency, Oklahoma State University is implementing an emergency alert system that will allow immediate distribution of voice and text alerts.

“We had been evaluating an emergency alert system as part of the ongoing assessment of our emergency response plans,” said Marlene Strathe, interim OSU System CEO and president.  “The tragic event at Virginia Tech emphasized the need to get this tool in place.  In any emergency situation, the key is to have multiple methods of communicating to our campus.  This is an important addition to our communications plans and I urge everyone to provide their emergency contact information.”

The voice and text numbers will be used by OSU to alert the campus community of an emergency.  The contact numbers will not be used for any other purpose.

While a person’s emergency voice and text numbers may be the same, both need to be entered in order to match a cell carrier email address with the text number.  Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to register both an emergency voice and text number, but it is not required.  

To ensure the alert system has the most accurate information, individuals should log into their O-Key account (  Once logged in:

Emergency Voice Alerts
•    Click on “Emergency Contacts” in the left-hand nav bar.  
•    Under the emergency contacts section, use the drop-down menu to select “Emergency Voice”.
•    Submit emergency contact number. 

Emergency Text Alerts
•    Repeat the process, selecting “Emergency Text” under the emergency contacts section.  
•    Once a number is entered, select a cell carrier to match the number with an email address.
•    Be sure to request a test message.  

Contact the IT help desk (405-744-HELP or with questions or problems.  Information should be updated with any changes.

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