The VT Alerts system will be tested today at some point between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., according to a university press release.
When VT Alerts activates, warning messages are broadcast on the Virginia Tech website and electronic message boards in classrooms. E-mails are sent to all @vt.edu accounts, and outdoor sirens on campus are activated. Phone text message alerts and desktop alerts are also activated.
VT Alerts is Tech’s system of emergency notifications sent to subscribing students and faculty.
It is maintained by the Office of University Relations. The system was put into place following the April 16, 2007, campus shootings and criticism that on-campus residents were not notified quickly enough of the danger.