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Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - Register for OU's emergency text message system

As the winter semester winds down, the Oakland University Police Department encourages all students, faculty and staff to register for emergency text alert services.

The university recently contracted with Rave Mobile Safety to provide the campus community with emergency text alert services. 

The system offers several improved capabilities, including the ability to integrate emergency message information with digital campus screens and through the university’s and the OUPD’s social media networks.

"The Oakland University Police Department would like to encourage those who have not registered for the emergency notification alerts to do so,” said Captain Mark Gordon.

“It is one of many systems used to notify community members of an emergency in a timely manner. The service is free and may provide valuable information about safety during an emergency that will benefit students, faculty, and staff as a whole."

The accounts of campus community members who have already registered to receive emergency text message alerts have been transferred to the new system. As such, no action on the part of subscribers is required.

To register for emergency text alerts, visit oakland.edu/ready. Registrants must use the phone number assigned by their service provider. 

Voice over IP numbers such as Google Voice, Phone Booth or Ring Central are not compatible with the system and cannot be used.

Once registered, users will remain in the system until their Oakland e-mail accounts are no longer in service. Users can update, change, or remove their information from the system by logging into the Emergency Notification page.

Subscribers with additional questions should contact the OUPD at helpdesk@oupolice.com. New subscriber accounts will take at least 24 hours to activate.

For complete information about Oakland’s emergency preparedness policies and procedures, visit oakland.edu/ready.

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