After the Virginia Tech massacre, pretty much every college in the U.S. decided they wanted an emergency alert system. UC Davis has just started using an alert system.
The first use of this system occurred on March 5, 2008. Apparently, a resident in Tercero's D Building had some "explosives", which led them to evacuate the entire building. The following warning was issued:
"There was an incident at Tercero Residence Hall last night. Our Fire and Police Departments have the situation under control and there is no threat to the campus. Classes and business will continue as usual. Additional information will be posted at http://www.ucdavis.edu/."
The system was activated again on April 22, 2009 as an annual test.
Text messages come from 24639.
Warning after the fact — is that really helpful? —BrentLaabs
Uses of the WarnMe system via text
05/24/2011 - Sexual battery suspect reported to be at large.
UC Warn Me sexual battery tonight path at Pavilion suspect assaulted Police last seen Colleges apts 930pm Suspect white male 26 6 175 lbs blu shirt #24 on back blu jeans 11:18pm
UC Warn Me Search underway if suspect seen secure yourself in a safe place call 911 do not approach, suspect has prior mental health further info check www.ucdavis.edu 11:21pm
UC Warn Me Suspect in custody. All clear. Cancel prior alert. 11:34pm
These messages were also transmitted via email. At least one campus user reported receiving message #2 at 23:29:38, message #1 at 00:14:27, and as of 00:41, still had not received message #3. Clearly, the system needs work.
05/02/2011 - Reminder to pick up paychecks (!!!)
Emplyees may pick up their paychecks from 8 am to 12 pm on Tuesday May 3. Pick up location will be the Student Center - Decatur Campus. Any paychecks not picked up on Tuesday, May 3 will be mailed. 1:19pm
02/20/2011 - Report of armed robbery
UC Warn Me ARMED ROBBERY 330 PARKWAY CIR GUN RECOVERED. SUSPECT AT LARGE HISPANIC MAN 20 '678' NECK TATTOO IF SEEN CALL 911 FOR MORE INFO 530/752-4000 9:11am
UC Warn Me UPDATE TO ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT NOT FOUND POSSIBLY ARMED DANGEROUS SECOND GUN NOT LOCATED IF SEEN CALL 911 FURTHER INFO CALL 530-752-4000 3:16pm
11/04/2010 - System Test
UC Warn Me This is a test of the UC Davis WarnMe emergency alert service. There is no emergency. This is only a test. No action is required. Thank you. 11:57am