On Tuesday BYU-Idaho released an official notice letting students know that a test for the emergency communications system would be underway Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
While the test will verify many different forms of communication like text, email and even campus digital signage, most will receive a text message while the emergency system is undergoing testing. To confirm the message, the notice asks that students respond with “Yes” or by clicking the link in the text.
While this will be a test to ensure the system is working properly, the university implores students to verify that their BYU-I profile is up to date with current emergency contact information.
“In the case of an actual emergency, the first means of contact for both students and employees is through text messaging,” the notice said. “You must have a current ‘Emergency Text Phone Number’ on file with BYU-Idaho to receive text notifications in the case of campus emergencies.”
Since only those with updated profiles will receive the emergency text, the notice also tells students how they can update their information if they have not recently done so. Students will need to enter the university homepage and sign in. From there, they may update their information through one of two options, depending on the portal view:
— Once signed in, there will be a “View Profile” option on the left hand of the screen. From there, students may check their personal information under “Profile Information.” This includes the “Personal Phone Numbers” section, which they may edit and update as needed.
— After signing in, the word “PROFILE” will appear in a grey bar toward the top of the screen. By clicking it, the page will take students to their own profile where they will click the “Phone Numbers” option. There, phone numbers can be updated or entered.
Further instructions will come from the university in the event of a real emergency.