Emergency Notifications - ISU Alerts
Idaho State University uses an emergency notification system to provide rapid notification to the Bengal community during critical incidents or emergency situations. All staff, faculty and students are automatically signed up to receive these alerts. Messages may be sent via phone call, text message, and/or email. Community members may also sign up to receive an ISU Alert.
For students, faculty, and staff to verify information:
- Log in to MyISU
- If you have not added the ISU Alerts and Public Safety card to your homepage, go to the Discover page and search "Public Safety"
- Add this card to your homepage by clicking the bookmark button on the top right
- On the ISU Alerts and Public Safety card, select ISU Emergency Notification System
- Verify your information, making sure to add the cell phone numbers and email addresses you want notified
For visitors to opt-in for ISU Alerts (text only):
- Text "pocatello", "idahofalls", or "meridian" to 67283
- A text will be sent back to confirm registration
It's that easy. If you need assistance or have any questions, call us at (208) 282-2515.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is ISU Alerts?
ISU Alerts is an emergency notification system for quickly delivering phone, text, and email messages to Idaho State University students, faculty, and staff when there is an emergency.
What kind of notifications will you send, and when?
The ISU Alerts system will be used to notify students, faculty and staff of unforeseen events and emergencies on campus, such as:
- Severe Weather
- Campus Closures
- Critical Situations
- Serious Crimes
The system will be activated when there are immediate threats to the health or safety of those in the university community. Notifications will be sent via landline phones, cell phones, text messages, and email.
Who decides when the emergency warrants sending out an ISU Alert?
The ISU Alerts emergency notification system will be activated by the direction of the Director of Public Safety or his designee at such time confirmation is made that an emergency event has occurred or is about to occur on campus.
How fast will the emergency notification get to me?
The speed of the message will vary with the size of the audience, network congestion, and time of day. The goal is to deliver a message to everyone as soon as possible.
How many messages will I receive during a single emergency?
You will receive one message by each of the notification methods for which you have provided information for ISU Alerts. If you provide information for all three notification methods, you'll receive a telephone message, a text message, and an email notification.
If I sign up, am I guaranteed to receive messages in an emergency?
Message delivery is dependent on many factors, including our local phone carrier networks. Depending on the nature and scale of the emergency, message delivery may be unavailable or delayed. SMS text messages can become lost or slow during busy times, so we encourage you to enter at least one voice messaging contact.
Why do you need so much contact information?
In an emergency, we will use all available contact information to try to reach you. The more information you provide, the more likely it is you will get the message.
My contact information changed. How can I update it?
To make changes: log in to MyISU and go to the ISU Alerts and Public Safety card. Click on the ISU Emergency Notification System button. Verify your information, making sure to add the cell phone numbers and email addresses you want notified.
Can I stop the notifications if I don't want them?
You can opt out of all notifications except to your official university email address. To opt-out, log into MyISU, select ISU Emergency Notification System under the ISU Alerts and Public Safety card and delete your mobile phone information, and other contact methods you would like to stop receiving notifications.
Does changing my contact information for ISU Alerts also change my official contact information with Idaho State University?
Your official contact information will not be changed by your participation in ISU Alerts. Your official records can be updated in MyISU in an area separate from the ISU Alerts system.
How long will I be signed up for ISU Alerts?
You will be signed up as long as you are an active student or employee of the university (students may receive messages up to one semester following graduation).
You will be reminded to review your contact information and preferences once a year.
Can parents sign up to receive emergency messages?
Students can add their parents contact information to their ISU Alerts account. To do so, log in to MyISU and select ISU Emergency Notification System on the ISU Alerts and Public Safety card and add their information.
How do I sign up to receive text messages?
Log in to MyISU and go to the ISU Alerts and Public Safety card. Click on ISU Emergency Notification System. Verify your information, making sure to add the cell phone numbers you want notified.
I didn't receive a text message on my cell phone from ISU Alerts. Why?
You can sign up for SMS text messaging notifications by providing a text-enabled phone number. Just go to MyISU and select ISU Emergency Notification System under the ISU Alerts and Public Safety card. Add the cell phone number you want notified.
If you are already signed up for text message notifications and have already checked with your mobile provider to ensure your device accepts text messages, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
I signed-up to receive text alerts. Why haven't I received a confirmation message?
Please check with you mobile phone provider to find out if your device accepts text messages. You may also want to check with your provider to see if text messaging has been enabled. You may need to subscribe to a text messaging plan in order to receive or reply to text messages.
I do not want to receive text messages. What do I do?
Just go to MyISU and select ISU Emergency Notification System. Delete the cell phone numbers you no longer want notified.
If I change my mobile phone providers but keep the same number, do I need to opt-in again?
No. Once your phone number has been opted-in, it stays registered with the system.
Am I charged my normal texting fees?
Yes. You will be charged according to the plan in place with your system provider.
My telephone is forwarded to somewhere or someone else. How do I get the alert?
ISU Alerts will follow your forwarding path.
What happens if my phone is busy when an alert is sent?
ISU Alerts will disconnect and will retry your phone.
What if I have voice mail or an answering machine?
ISU Alerts will attempt to leave a message on the voice mail system or the answering machine.
What number will show up on my caller I.D. when an emergency message is coming in?
What email address will show when an emergency is incoming?
The message will come from email@example.com.
I received an email from firstname.lastname@example.org, but I never signed up. Why?
As a student or employee of the university, you are automatically signed up to receive notifications through your official university email.
My email notifications are being filtered as SPAM. What do I do?
You need to add email@example.com to your email program's "safe sender" list. This can usually be accomplished by adding both email addresses to your email's contacts/address book. Call (208) 282-HELP for assistance.