Emergency Notification System
Westminster College uses Blackboard Connect as its Emergency Notification System (ENS). The Blackboard Connect service is used to transmit brief urgent messages to a large segment of an institution’s population as quickly as possible. The service disseminates messages via email, voicemail and text messaging.
The purpose of the service is to inform the Westminster community of emergency situations on campus. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that all faculty, staff, and students keep their contact information updated in Webadvisor to ensure they receive any emergency notifications.
Emergency notifications may include but are not limited to:
• Bomb threats or other imminent violent threats
• Fire alarms, natural gas leaks and hazardous spills affecting the entire campus
• Building evacuations and lock downs affecting the entire campus
• Biological or pandemic emergency notifications
• Natural disasters
• Power outages and utility failures resulting in an imminent threat
• Unexpected campus closures
Emergency Notification System - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q1: How do I sign up for the ENS service?
A1: All Westminster faculty, students and staff will automatically be signed up for this service. We encourage everyone to update their personal information via Webadvisor to ensure all emergency messages are sent to the correct phone numbers and email addresses.
Q2: How do I update my personal information?
A2: Go to the My Westminster page of the college website and click on “Update – Contact Info.” There you can add up to six telephone numbers for contact, one additional email address and one phone number for text messages. Your Westminster phone and email addresses will automatically be included.
Q3: Can I “opt out” of ENS notifications? If so, how?
A3: Yes, you will be allowed to “opt out” of the ENS system with your personal phone number and email. However, for security reasons, you will NOT be able to “opt out” of your official Westminster College email address. You can “opt out” using Webadvisor by following the log in procedures described above.
Q4: Why should I update my information in the ENS System?
A4: You have the option - it is highly recommended that our campus community add their cell phone and personal emails, as well as phone contact information for their emergency contact, to be informed in the event of an emergency.
Q5: How many contact numbers can I input into the ENS service?
A5: You are allowed to input 1 phone number for text messaging, 6 phone numbers for voicemails, and 2 email addresses (1 personal and the official WC address).
Q6: Can I sign up for only one form of communication?
A6: You will automatically be signed up for your official Westminster College email, but you have the option of including 1 additional email address and 6 phone numbers. You are not required to sign up for the voicemail and text messaging options.
Q7: Will I get “spam” messages from ENS?
A7: No, the ENS service is used for emergency messages ONLY. On occasion, test messages may be sent out to ensure the system works, but you will not receive any spam mail.
Q8: Can I include my parents’ information in the system?
A8: The ENS system allows students to input up to 6 phone numbers. You may include your parents’, spouse’s, etc., numbers if you want.
**Important Message for All T-Mobile customers**
All T-Mobile customers who subscribe to voicemail or text messaging through the ENS service will receive an initial text message which will require a confirmation. It is important that customers respond to that message confirming that you wish to receive emergency messages.