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Expect Phone Service Disruptions Nov. 12

On Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 12, Dartmouth will test a new communication system, dubbed "DartAlert," for campus-wide emergency notifications.

The College recommends that from 2 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 12 any necessary, non-emergency phone calls be made using cell phones or non-Dartmouth land lines. For technological reasons, it may be difficult to make calls from College-administered 646 lines, or to make calls into the College. This will be less the case with on-campus 650 numbers administered by Dartmouth Medical School.

There will be no delay in handling of emergency 911 calls that afternoon.

During the test, the system will send a short, automated message to all Dartmouth email accounts for students, faculty, and staff, as well as to College telephones that begin with exchange numbers 646 or 650. (Caller ID screens will show a call coming from 646-2222.) The message will make clear that this is a test.

In the event that an actual campus-wide emergency develops during the test, these same phone numbers and email accounts will receive a different message with brief information about the nature of the emergency and instructions on recommended actions.

Background on DartAlert
Through MIR3, a private firm, Dartmouth now has the ability to send emergency notification messages to College-owned telephone extensions within the 646 exchange as well 650 numbers administered by Dartmouth Medical School that are on the Dartmouth campus. The institution can also email emergency notices to all undergraduate and graduate students as well as all faculty and staff in the Dartmouth Name Directory (DND).

By ROLAND ADAMS

 


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Last Updated: 12/17/08