The University of Michigan’s Division of Public Security and Safety announced Tuesday afternoon that it will run a test of its emergency alert system Thursday at noon. The test will be broadcast to the Michigan App, U-M Gateway and Division of Public Safety and Security websites, interior building digital signs, Twitter and web feeds. In announcement, DPSS said they have been working on the emergency alert feature on the Michigan mobile phone app, and hope to gain more feedback about the app’s effectiveness through Thursday’s test.

“It will be an additional method for the campus community to receive alerts, as well as a method for individuals not affiliated with the University, such as contractors working on campus and parents,” the University’s statement read.

In a February e-mail interview with The Michigan Daily, DPSS spokeswoman Diane Brown stressed the importance of the emergency alert system to notify students of threats and emergency reductions in staff.

“We strongly encourage all students, faculty and staff to register to receive the text and voice messages in order to quickly be informed of an imminent threat,” she wrote.

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