Marshall to test emergency alert system

Staff Report

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A test of the MU Alert emergency messaging system will be 10 a.m. Jan. 27.

Marshall community members who are subscribed to MU Alert are asked to be sure that they have received the message that morning. If a message has not been received by noon, a subscriber should review and update his or her contact information in the myMU/MU Alert Web interface. If this contact information was already correct, but a message was still not received, then an e-mail should be sent to with details on which contact method (text, e-mail, voice) did not work as expected.

The most recent test of the system occurred Sept. 9.

The MU Alert system, which is operated by Marshall and delivered thru the Blackboard Connect service, allows Marshall students, faculty and staff to provide several methods for the university to use when making emergency contacts. Most common are text messages, cell phone calls and e-mail.

Members of the immediate Marshall community (students, faculty and staff) who would like to subscribe or update their information for this test are asked to visit the myMU page at, log in, click on the MU Alert red triangle and complete their subscription or update by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26. Those external to the campuses or centers (i.e. news media, alumni, campus neighbors) should watch other outlets, such as the Marshall website, Twitter, Facebook, etc., for relevant news releases.

Staff Report