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Emergency Notification System

CURRENT STATUS

For current news and alerts, see the URI Alert Status page at http://www.uri.edu/news/alert/.

URI EmergencyALERT

The University of Rhode Island uses an emergency notification system, URI EmergencyALERT, that allows news and instructions to be sent quickly to all members of the University community in the event of an emergency.

URI EmergencyALERT uses services offered by MIR3, the technology leader in Intelligent Notification (IN®) solutions. Through this system, the University is able to deliver emergency notices simultaneously via voicemail, text-messaging and email to the entire student, faculty and staff population within minutes.

This system is also used to provide immediate notification of class cancellation(s) in the event of weather events, such as severe snowstorms.

The effectiveness of this system depends upon individuals providing up-to-date personal contact information. We ask you to partner with the University in registering your cell phone number, as well as other emergency contact information, so that University officials can communicate with you wherever you happen to be.

This system augments existing emergency communications tools long used by the university, including web postings, e-mail, voicemail and an automated message line, but takes advantage of newer technologies to support a fully integrated and coordinated emergency communications program.

How you can participate

Providing current information is the best way to ensure that you will be reached in the event of an emergency. Please take a few minutes now to register or update your contact information. All information is secure and confidential.

If you haven't done so already, please:

1. Log onto eCampus to update your contact information.
Student eCampus
Faculty/Staff eCampus

2. If you don't remember your eCampus ID or password, contact the URI Help Desk, 874-4357

3. Once at eCampus, select the "URI Emergency Alert System" option from the lefthand menu, (as shown here), and follow the related links. Set your contact preferences in the recommended order listed below.

Best settings: what we've learned

Certainly, in an emergency, every second counts. So if you're already signed up, we suggest you adjust your settings to include text message, e-mail, and cell phone as preferences 1, 2, and 3 for contact.

  • Text is #1. The fastest, most direct method to receive messages is by text (SMS).
  • Email's #2. Ensure that your email address is correct. Even if you typically use a non-URI email address (like yahoo.com or outlook.com), it's better to use your URI email for emergency notification. Non-URI emails may be delayed (the system may treat these messages as spam), so we urge you to use your URI email instead. It's easy to forward your URI email to another account, link here for help.
  • Cell Phone #3. Even if you don't have text message capability, cell phone transmission itself is quicker than land lines.
  • Land Line Telephone. Due to limited trunk line capacity, "land line" telephones are the slowest for message delivery systems.

Our pledge of confidentiality: Your emergency contact information is NOT included in the University's online or print directories. Data is stored in a completely different, secure database.

If there is an emergency affecting the University community, whether you live on campus, down-the-line, or anywhere off-site the URI EmergencyALERT notification system will keep participating community members informed.

Remember, to report an unsafe or emergency situation, call:

  • Campus police at 874-2121
  • Narragansett Police at 789-1011
  • South Kingstown Police at 783-3341

Emergency Numbers
On campus: 2121
Off campus: 874-2121
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Public Safety

The Bottom Line

How to find out what to do in the event of an emergency:

  • Sign up on e-Campus for the URI EmergencyAlert system
  • URI's Home page, Facebook page and Twitter feed
  • Call 874-SNOW (7669) or 874-1000 for recorded messages
  • Or listen to a local radio/TV station for announcements.