Phone Test - January 7, 2009
What Happened - Only a Test
Everett Community College's Information Technology department was testing the college's emergency alert system via campus phones on the morning of January 7, 2009. The test message was supposed to be sent to two phones in Information Technology offices. Instead, it was accidentally sent to every phone on campus.
The message said "There is a Humoctopus in the building!" and allowed phone users to push a button on the phone to get more details.
Everett Community College added the emergency announcement system via its phones in 2008, as one of the ways to alert campus during an emergency. The system is tested once per quarter. Future messages will explain that this is only a test of the system, not an actual emergency.
The college apologizes to students, faculty, and staff who mistakenly received the message.
Emergency Communication at EvCC
During an emergency, Everett Community College sends information out through multiple channels:
- By message on the main phone line at 425-388-9100
- On an opening screen of the EvCC website at (www.everettcc.edu)
- Sent via text message for subscribers (Sign up now)
- Online through the Public Schools Emergency Communication System (PSECS) Schoolreport.org Info
For more information, visit EvCC's Emergency Advisory page.
Sign Up for Text Messaging
Students, faculty, staff and community members can quickly find out about emergencies at Everett Community College through the college's new text messaging system. Sign up now to get a text message on your cell phone or e-mail message. The notification sends the news directly to you - as soon as the college posts the information, you'll know. Sign up now.