Oberlin College incorporates in its emergency response plan an alert system that uses multiple delivery methods to provide emergency information to students and employees of the college. The Emergency Alert System (Blackboard Connect / ConnectED©) is activated only when a critical incident is either imminent or under way, and as soon as sufficient detail is available to provide constructive information to protect and inform community members.
Some instances where the system might be activated include the issuance of a tornado warning for our community by the National Weather Service, or during police or fire response requiring notice to shelter in place or evacuate quickly.
Each student, faculty member, and staff member may select up to two e-mail addresses and six telephone numbers to store in the system's database. The system has the capacity to send voice messages to landlines and cell phones and to send text messages to cell phones, e-mail addresses, TTY/TDD devices for the hearing impaired, and other text-receiving devices. Emergency alerts also appear on Oberlin's OnCampus webpages and digital signage.
By visiting the Emergency Alert System website, campus members may verify and customize personal contact information directly.