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RAMALERT - Emergency Notification System

RAMALERT! - Emergency Notification System

Q: How will I know about campus emergencies?

A: RamAlert is Winston-Salem State University’s Emergency Notification System.  In the event of a campus emergency or threat, RamAlert is activated to warn faculty, staff, and students of the situation and any appropriate precautions they should take.  RamAlert utilizes multiple mechanisms to issue warnings on campus that include:  SMS text messaging, voice (phone), e-mail, siren, and display monitors.

None can predict when an emergency or threat may impact the campus or his/her location when warnings are issued.  Therefore, it is vital that faculty, staff, and students take advantage of every warning mechanism. 

You must register your mobile number in Banner to
receive RamAlert text and voice notifications

COSTS: Winston-Salem State University does not charge for participation in RamAlert.  However, when you register to receive emergency notifications via text and/or voice messaging, you agree to incur any applicable costs from your carrier for receiving these messages.

PRIVACY: All cell phone numbers that are registered with RamAlert are confidential, and will be used for emergency notification purposes only.

REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS: Registering your cell phone numbers with RamAlert simply requires you to “Update Emergency Contacts” in your Banner Self Service. 

Step-by-step instructions to sign up for RAMALERT

*  By registering to receive emergency notifications via text and/or voice messaging, you agree to incur any applicable costs from your carrier for receiving these messages.

*  RamAlert contacts are updated on Friday of each week.

MESSAGE TYPES:

Alert: Alert messages indicate that an emergency incident or condition that requires immediate attention has occurred.  Example:  “WSSU is under a TORNADO WARNING; take cover immediately”

Notification: Notification messages include general safety information or a resolution to an Alert message.  Example:  “The tornado warning has been lifted; the campus has returned to normal conditions”

Test: Tests of RamAlert are conducted on the first Wednesday of each month at 11:55 a.m.  Monthly tests DO NOT include text and voice messaging except in September and February when a full system test is conducted.

Message ID: E-mail messages will come from “campussafety@wssu.edu"

Text messages will come from Short Code “844-69”.  It is recommended that you save this in your contacts as RamAlert Text.

Voice messages will come from the campus emergency number, “(336) 750-2911”

CONTACT: Questions regarding the RamAlert Emergency Notification System should be directed to the Emergency Management Director.  E-mail: jeterdh@wssu.edu     Office: 336-750-2863

Winston-Salem State University

601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Phone: (336) 750-2000



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