University of Missouri to test its emergency notification system Thursday

POSTED: 03:01 PM CDT Jul 24, 2013 
cell phone
COLUMBIA, Mo. -

The University of Missouri will test its emergency notification system on Thursday.

Around 8:50 a.m. Thursday, MU will send out two text messages to faculty, students and staff who have registered their cellphones with the university. MU will also send out a mass email to university email accounts with the same message.

The first message should look similar to this:

SUBJ: MU Alert test message
MSG: This is only a test. Thank you for opting into MU Alert. If this were a real emergency, you would go to http://mualert.missouri.edu.

The alerts will also be sent via Facebook and Twitter.

A second message will be sent at 8:55 a.m. Thursday from the university's new mass notification system.

That message should read:

MU Alert: You are now confirmed to receive alerts from us. More info text reply “HELP” or “STOP Mizzou” to opt-out.

University officials advice no one should opt out or they might  miss critical information during emergency situations.

Individuals can sign up for the notification system online.