UAlert Emergency Notification System About UAlert UAlert is The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) emergency notification system. UAlert is a comprehensive communications solution that allows UAH to quickly disseminate an urgent message through multiple communication methods including: Voice messages to cell, home and office phones Text messages to cell phones Email messages UAH Facebook page and UAH Police Facebook page UAH Twitter Feeds (@UAH_UAlert and @UAHuntsville) RSS Feed Emergency messages from UAlert will show 256.824.7100 as the originating phone number for voice messages sent to cellular phones. Text messages will be from firstname.lastname@example.org. Please add the phone number 256.824.7100 and email@example.com to your contacts and title the entry UAH Emergency. When UAlert is activated, you will then know instantly there is an emergency message for you. UAH has partnered with Blackboard Connect to provide critical notification services during emergencies and in routine business operations. Updating Your UAlert Contact Preferences To update your UAlert contact preferences visit uah.bbcportal.com. If this is your first visit to the UAH Blackboard Connect portal, you will need to click the Sign Me Up! link and follow the onscreen instructions. You must create a MyConnect portal account before you can access your UAlert contact information. You will need your UAH "A" number and your official uah.edu email address in order to complete the registration process. UAlert Tests UAH regularly tests the UAlert system. Tests are usually conducted at least once per semester. These tests have the system send text messages, emails, and phone messages to the devices you chose. The tests allow us to evaluate several components of the system and for campus users to become accustomed to receiving emergency messages from the University. Outdoor Sirens The Huntsville-Madison County Emergency Management Agency tests the outdoor warning sirens each month. The tests usually last only a few seconds. The outdoor sirens are not part of UAlert, but we encourage you to take a moment when the sirens are tested to consider what your actions would be in the event of an actual tornado warning. Familiarize yourself with the protective areas in the campus buildings you visit regularly.