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New and Changing: Updates from AIT

Posted March 10, 2016 by Academic and Institutional Technology
Tags: Upgrades Updates

Emergency Messaging System: Alertus Installation

Effective Date: April 2016

In April 2016, Alertus Desktop will be installed on College-owned computers. This is the first portion of a larger project to update Wheaton College's emergency messaging system.

Key Benefits and Features

  • Public Safety will use Alertus Desktop to issue emergency alerts and warnings
  • During an emergency, Alertus will display a message with information and instructions from Public Safety
  • This program will supplement text messages and phone calls to emergency contact numbers

This is the first portion of an update to the emergency messaging system, which will later include alert beacons in student housing, and the use of desk phones as loudspeakers.

Impact on College Community

No action from employees is required for this installation. During the month of April, Alertus will be automatically installed on all College-owned computers. In the event of an emergency, Public Safety will use Alertus to display information and instructions. After reading the message, you may dismiss it.

This is part of a larger project to update Wheaton College's emergency messaging system. To ensure you receive timely alerts during an emergency, update your emergency contact information.

If you have any questions or concerns about Alertus or the emergency messaging system, please contact Wheaton College Public Safety or call 630.752.5911.

If you would like assistance updating your emergency contact information, please contact Academic and Institutional Technology or call 630.752.4357 (HELP).