Emergency Notification System passes first test

By Daily Illini Staff Report

A test of the newly created Emergency Notification System, which is intended to warn faculty, staff and students of emergency situations on campus, went off according to plan this afternoon.

“They (text messages and e-mails) all went out without a hitch,” said Robin Kaler, associate chancellor of the University.

A combined total of 29,193 text messages and e-mails were sent out in 26 minutes and 41 seconds starting a 1 p.m.

Not everyone who signed up for the Emergency Notification System was included in today’s test.

“It was a random test,” said Kaler. “This group included all faculty and staff who were registered and a sampling of students.”

Participants in this afternoon’s test will have a chance to comment on the system by clicking on a link to a survey that accompanied all e-mails sent out as part of the test.

The survey should be filled out by tomorrow evening, at which time the survey will no longer be available.

The University is already planning to have further tests of the system in the future and will begin sifting through the comments from users tomorrow evening, said Kaler.