MIT rolls out emergency text message service with AT&T

Posted by Rick C. Hodgin

Boston (MA) - MIT has become the latest university to introduce an emergency text message system. In April, 2008, the FCC approved a voluntary nationwide text-message emergency alert system. The system is designed to send out messages in the event of significant events.

These include:

1) "A disaster that could jeopardize the health and safety of Americans, such as a terrorist attack; these would trigger a national alert from the president of the United States."

2) "Imminent or ongoing threats such as hurricanes, tornadoes or earthquakes."


3) "Child abductions or Amber alerts."




The new MIT system will extend the alert system to MIT-specific events. Their press release indicates "In the event of a major life-safety or public-health emergency on campus, MIT Alert will notify and advise students, faculty and staff via a number of communication channels, including text message, Institute phone and e-mail, as well as through MIT's emergency web site."