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ECU to conduct tests of alert system this week

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GREENVILLE, Pitt County - East Carolina University will conduct tests of the ECU Alert emergency notification system Aug. 17, 18 and 19 at noon each day. The tests will assess multiple communication systems including the ECU homepage, e-mail, indoor and outdoor loudspeakers, VOIP phone text and voice, SMS text messages, desktop pop-up boxes, and messages on digital signs. All aspects of the ECU Alert system will be tested at noon Wednesday, Aug. 17. On Thursday and Friday, portions of the system will be tested, but not text messaging. People on campus will hear a voice message on their office telephones and on loudspeakers that will identify this as a test of the ECU Alert emergency notification system. Employees, students and parents will also receive ECU Alert test emails to registered accounts. Digital screens located throughout campus will carry a test message. Users who have registered for ECU Alert cell phone messages will receive one SMS text message on Wednesday at noon. Campus computer users are reminded that the university has a pop-up notification system, AlertUs, which will fill the computer screen with the ECU Alert message when activated. After the users have read the message, clicking "Acknowledge" will close the warning. Registration for cell phone messaging is available by selecting the register tab in the purple bar at www.ecu.edu/alertinfo Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to download the free safety app LiveSafe at www.ecu.edu/LiveSafe . LiveSafe allows users to discretely and anonymously report suspicious activity and safety concerns to ECU Police.

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