Campus encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts

by Vicky Cerino, UNMC strategic communications | September 08, 2020

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Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to sign up to receive UNMC ALERTS through Omnilert, UNMC's emergency notification system. The system is designed to quickly alert the campus community of emergencies, including weather-related, a shooting, or other life-threatening events on campus.

Those subscribed to Omnilert will receive messages via cell phone, landline, email or pager. The system only will be used in the case of emergencies, not in the distribution of routine campus announcements or advertisements.

New users

New users can sign up here.

Click on "SIGN UP" in the top right-hand corner.

Enter your full organizational username with the "@" and the rest of your email address. Contact UNMC Environmental Health and Safety if it says the "Username is unavailable." It means you already have an account. Do not set up an account using a different username or email address as your username.

Enter a password, select public groups, and enter your devices.

See the links at the bottom of this story for more detailed information on signing up as a new user.

Subscribers without an unlimited text plan must pay the cost for a text message should such an event occur, but the cost of the message should only add about 10 cents to your cellular phone bill.

Employees who already were signed up on the former alert system -- E2 Campus -- have been switched to Omnilert, so no further action is necessary. Currently, users can sign on using their UNMC campus identity to check their account and make changes.

New users: Employees and students can register for UNMC ALERTS (Omnilert) and must have one of the following communication devices to receive an emergency message:

  • Mobile phone with Short Messaging Services (SMS) (text) capability.
  • Email service with valid email address.
  • Text paging device, cell phone or pager (note that American Messaging is the service provider for pagers provided by the paging office).
  • Voice. Do not enter your work number as a voice number unless it is assigned only to you. Otherwise, it may get entered by others and get multiple calls.

Users can manage their own account. UNMC users can click on "Sign On Using Your UNMC Campus Identity" in the box on the center of the screen. Sign on using the same user name and passwords used to log into the network. Users can make updates to their account expiration date, update devices or contact information, such as adding a spouse or family contact who also would receive messages should a life-threatening event occur on campus. Users can subscribe and unsubscribe to groups, but if they unsubscribe to a "private" group, they may only be added back to a private group by the group administrator.

If you reply "stop" to any message, you will be removed from all future messages with all your devices. If you change your cell number, be sure to update information in the system or contact Campus Safety for assistance.

View more information about UNMC Alerts.

View detailed information on registering for UNMC Alerts as a new user.

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