MIT Alert is the Institute’s emergency notification program, designed to provide information and advisories through a number of communication channels, including text message, e-mail, and voicemail, as well as through MIT's Emergency Information website. By including a cell phone number when you sign up for MIT Alert (certificates required), the service will send you a text message in the event of an emergency. You can update your notification information online at any time.
You can also subscribe to an RSS feed about campus emergencies through the MIT Emergency Information website.
Nearly all of the Institute’s faculty have signed up for MIT Alert, while only about half of MIT's students and 40 percent of its staff have registered. If you are not in the system, the Institute encourages you to add your emergency notification information, including your cell phone number (whether it's your own phone or one provided by MIT). Doing so will improve MIT's ability to contact you and ensure your safety in the event of a life-safety or public-health emergency on campus.
emergency.mit.net: It’s legit, not spam
If you’ve signed up for MIT Alert, you’ve probably received this message at some point: “This is a test of the MIT Alert notification system. Please go to http://emergency.mit.net for more information.”
Because this URL ends in .net instead of .edu, many recipients suspect the test message of being spam — as evidenced by e-mails to the MIT Alert Team and calls to the IS&T Help Desk. But the website at http://emergency.mit.net/ is indeed legit.
Why the .net address? IS&T has secured a mirror image of the emergency page on off-campus servers. This is important in the event that a problem on campus makes the MIT servers non-operational. It’s a way to ensure that members of the community have access to information about an emergency on campus.
Readiness counts: register now!
If you haven’t already signed up, please do it now. Visit the MIT Alert Emergency Information page; once you have a valid MIT certificate, it takes less than 30 seconds to sign up.
If you have questions or concerns about MIT Alert, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.