One of several modes of emergency communication used at UCI, zotALERT is an emergency alert system that uses cell phone text messaging to quickly notify the UCI community with emergency and safety related information. The system will not be used for routine announcements. However, zotALERT messages will be sent periodically to test the system and to promote emergency preparedness.
An enhancement has been made to zotALERT that will send email copies of zotALERTs issued in emergency situations to all current faculty, staff and students. This will provide an additional notification mechanism to text messaging, which is not 100% reliable. It will also help get the word out to those who do not have cell phones or find notification through text messaging ineffective. Redundancy is an important component of emergency communication strategy.
Currently the system is provided by Mir3, http://www.mir3.com/. The service is fully hosted off-site by Mir3 in redundant secure data centers so it does not rely on campus systems.
Students are strongly encouraged to sign up for zotALERT messages. You will need a "text-enabled" cell phone.
Faculty and staff are also encouraged to sign up for zotALERT messages. You will need a "text-enabled" cell phone.