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Eagle Alert is a mass notification system comprising e-mail, voice and text messaging that is designed to send official emergency messages to the university’s students, faculty and staff. It is used in conjunction with existing university avenues of emergency communication, including outdoor warning sirens, public address systems, news alerts to media outlets and the university's emergency information web page, emergency.usm.edu.
Southern Miss students, faculty and staff are required to participate via email, and while full participation is highly encouraged, have the option to opt-out of participation by text and phone messages.
All Southern Miss students, faculty and staff who are currently in the university’s system with a valid campus ID are enrolled in the Eagle Alert system.
This system will provide instantaneous information regarding situations that pose an imminent danger and that require immediate action by students, faculty and staff. Because individuals are in multiple locations, both on and off campus, at any one time, the Eagle Alert system provides the most efficient and quickest way to notify the most number of people at one time.
The Eagle Alert system is a Web-based product where information is maintained on a private and encrypted Web site. Participants do not need any special hardware or software to sign up or to receive messages. It is a service that can disseminate emergency messages through:
If you are a student, faculty or staff member you will receive emergency messages via your official university e-mail address and university phone, if applicable. While it is strongly recommended that you provide at least one phone number (cell phone is recommended) for Eagle Alert, students, faculty, and staff can opt-out of the personal phone and text message portion of the service. To do so, go to www.usm.edu/safety/eagle-alert and log in using Campus ID (same as SOAR login) credentials. Although you may opt-out of those portions of the service, participation by campus email and phone, if applicable, is required.
The Eagle Alert system will be used to only to send information about emergencies that require immediate action. Examples of alerts might include severe weather, building evacuations, an active shooter or hazardous chemical spill.
The system may be used to provide additional information or an all-clear announcement. Eagle Alert also will be tested periodically. Less urgent messages will be sent using the campus e-mail system.
You can log into Eagle Alert at any time to update your contact information. Whenever your phone number or alternate e-mail address changes, it is important that you update this information with Eagle Alert to ensure you continue to receive alerts through the system. While it is strongly recommended that you provide at least one phone number (cell phone is recommended) for Eagle Alert, students, faculty, and staff can opt-out of the personal phone and text message portion of the service. To do so, go to www.usm.edu/safety/eagle-alert and log in using Campus ID (same as SOAR login) credentials. Although you may opt-out of those portions of the service, participation by campus email and phone, if applicable, is required.
Depending on your cellular provider and plan, small charges may apply to text messages. You should check with your mobile phone provider to determine any applicable costs.
You will be able to receive emergency messages within 24 hours of sign-up. The system is updated daily.
The information collected for Eagle Alert is securely maintained and will not be shared. It is only used for notification of emergencies requiring immediate action. You will not receive advertising or spam on your personal phone.
Eagle Alert is managed jointly through the Offices of the Vice President for Student Affairs, University Police, iTech, and the Office of University Communications.