Routine Emergency Test Scheduled Next Week

November 9, 2011

Mary Baldwin security and communications officials will once again test the college’s emergency communication system at 12:10 p.m. November 17.

technology users on campus Baldwin Alert Message (BAM) system to ensure that emergency alerts are customized to their needs. At a minimum, officials ask those who are regularly on campus and who carry a mobile phone to register that number to receive emergency voice and/or text messages.

Each student and employee can update their information as often as they like and can control how they receive emergency messages. Options include text messages, email, and voicemail to their personal mobile phones, landline phones, and email addresses.

The college uses BAM to alert the campus community to imminent danger — for example, a tornado, fire, chemical spill, or threat of violence. In cases of extreme danger, officials will sound campus sirens then deploy a BAM alert. A siren — which can be heard outdoors throughout campus, but not necessarily inside buildings — will let the campus community know that there is imminent danger, and the BAM messages will make users aware of what is happening and what they should do to protect themselves.

Next week’s test will check the siren, which may also be heard in nearby neighborhoods or downtown; the BAM system; and methods of sending outgoing phone messages and an Internet alert.

Users can visit the BAM webpage for a list of frequently asked questions and can sign up or log-in to the system by clicking on the BAM logo at the top of the page.