Overview of the UMD Alerts System

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NOTE: Only people currently associated with the University of Maryland are able to subscribe to the Alerts system.

What is UMD Alerts

The UMD Alerts system is a mass, urgent notification system, comprised of a variety of methods by which the University can notify students, faculty and staff of an active, major campus emergency:

When the University of Maryland Police Department determines there is an active emergency in which the public safety of the campus community may be at risk, an urgent notification through the UMD Alerts System will be initiated. Examples of when UMD Alerts will be activated include but are not limited to:

Localized incidents (such as a small fire, hazardous material spill in a lab, isolated criminal offense) likely would not require a mass notification.


Do I have to sign up or am I signed up automatically?

All UMD Students, faculty and staff members will be automatically registered to receive email notification to their email address associated with their UMD directory account. In order to receive UMD Alert SMS (text) messages, faculty, staff and students must register a mobile device number.

UMD students, faculty and staff are added to the UMD Alerts system on a monthly basis. You information will be imported from DivIT during the next import, which occurs during the first week of each month.

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What Types of alerts will be sent?

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Will my cell phone work?

UMD Alerts uses the text messaging (SMS network) feature of your cell phone to deliver alerts. To ensure you will receive UMD Alert text messages, be sure that your carrier allows messages from "short codes".  Short codes must be enabled on your mobile device carrier's account in order to receive SMS messages from UMD Alerts.