What is Meharry Alert?

Meharry Alert is a text messaging system that allows college administration to quickly communicate with students, faculty and staff in the event of an emergency.

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Who is e2Campus?

e2Campus is the company that is contracted to provide the Meharry Alert system. When you sign up for Meharry Alert, you will automatically be directed to their Web site to complete the registration process.

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Is Meharry Alert just for cell phones?

The Meharry Alert can send messages to any device that can receive text messages through cellular service, such as cell phones, text pagers, BlackBerrys, and some wireless PDAs. In addition, you can also opt to have the messages sent to your e-mail address.

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When will I get a Meharry Alert message?

The college has created a well-defined set of situations that would prompt a Meharry Alert message. The Meharry Alert will only be activated when there is a critical need to transmit urgent information to the campus community. Here are some examples:

Ongoing safety threats in which an armed or dangerous criminal is at large on campus.

Major facility emergencies or evacuations. This may include a large scale gas leak, fire, or hazardous material spill. You will be notified of events that either occur on campus or near the campus and cause a credible threat to members of the campus community.

Severe weather or illness. This may include a threat from a tornado requiring those on campus to take shelter, a closing due to anticipated weather issues, or an outbreak of widespread illness on campus.

Timely notification of crime. Though not all on-campus crime incidents will be reported via the Meharry Alert in addition to Meharry’s usual methods, those that represent a possible threat to campus safety will be communicated through the Meharry Alert.

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How can I get more information once I receive a Meharry Alert message?

Due to the limitations of text messaging, Meharry Alert messages will be very brief and contain vital and immediate information. More information about a Meharry Alert message will be made available through the other forms of communication available to the college, including messages posted to broadcast e-mails, and announcements to local media. More information can also be found on the Meharry Public Safety and Security Web site at Meharry Public Safety and Security.

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Will I get advertising messages from the Meharry Alert?

No. The Meharry Alert will not be used to deliver any kind of advertising content, and mobile numbers will not be shared with any third parties.

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Can my parents or spouse subscribe to the Meharry Alert?

The college has arranged for a limited number of subscriptions only for Meharry students, faculty and staff members.

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Does signing up for the Meharry Alert cost me anything?

There is no cost to sign up for the Meharry Alert. The only charges you may incur comes from the normal fees charged by your mobile service provider for receiving text messages.

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Why is the Meharry Alert necessary?

The college has a wide variety of methods to communicate with members of the campus community. In recent years, the number of mobile telephones has dramatically increased, and text messaging has become a key method to reach people immediately. The Meharry Alert allows the college to use the most up-to-date communication method to reach students, faculty and staff in the event of an emergency in addition to the college’s other established communication methods.

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What if I don’t have a cell phone or my cell phone doesn’t have text messaging?

The Meharry Alert is just one of the communication channels used in the event of an emergency. It is an additional resource that enables us to communicate in a timely manner in the case of an emergency.

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How do I sign up for the Meharry Alert?

It’s easy! Just go to meharryalert.mmc.edu and follow the instructions. Be sure to have your mobile phone available or with you when you sign up, as you’ll need it to enter a confirmation number.

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Have additional questions or problems?

Contact meharryalert@mmc.edu for assistance or additional information.

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