The new UTC ALERT system is designed to enhance and improve communication so that all members of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus community can stay informed in the event of an emergency. The system will add another immediate mechanism to the existing methods that the University has in place to alert the community to an emergency situation. The system will be used only for emergency contact purposes. UTC has contracted with Rave Wireless Inc. to provide the service, which will allow students, faculty and staff to "opt in" to be notified via text message in the event of an emergency. As well as text messages, the system allows students to receive messages to a designated e-mail address, PDA or pager.
UTC ALERT messages will contain critical instructions in the event of an emergency on campus. Follow the directions in the UTC Alert messages immediately and await further instructions.
UTC ALERT will be used on a very limited basis—only when an immediate threat exists. These might include a shooting on campus, a severe weather threat, or a chemical spill. UTC ALERT will not be used to announce delayed openings due to inclement weather when the decision is made prior to the beginning of the school day.