Yale offers emergency alerts for community

Heavily armed police walk down Elm Street next to the Old Campus at Yale, Nov. 25, 2013.
Heavily armed police walk down Elm Street next to the Old Campus at Yale, Nov. 25, 2013.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Members of the New Haven community can now sign up to receive alerts from Yale University when there are emergency situations or extreme weather conditions.

The alerts come as text messages that feature a special tone and vibration.  They are no longer than 90 characters, and the message discusses the type and time of the alert and action individuals should take.

Officials at the school say this is especially important after the November 25, 2013, incident when the school was placed on lock down because of reports of a gunman on campus.

The alerts will also be sent out when there is extreme weather like hurricanes, tornadoes or flash foods. Emergency situations where alerts will be sent out also include Amber Alerts, or alerts from the president about catastrophic disasters.

To find out how you can sign up to receive alerts, you can head to Yale’s Office of Emergency Management website, at emergency.yale.edu.

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