Utah Tech University

Emergency Alert System (EAS)

Be Prepared

Emergencies and disasters can happen to anyone, anywhere, and at any time. It is critical that students, faculty, and staff be well prepared and trained in the case of these events. The University encourages everyone to be self-preserving with water, food, and emergency supplies for at least 3 days.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens in the event of an emergency?

Employees and students are instructed to call 911 in the event that they become aware of an emergency or dangerous situation. Utah Tech University employs an extensive Emergency Alert System (EAS). The system allows for quick emergency notifications and instructions to be made to the campus community via the University website, email messages, cellular and landline telephones, text messages, digital bulletin boards throughout campus, and alerts pushed to campus computers. With the possible future adaption to encompass an outdoor public address system. Alerts can be issued to a specific segment of the campus community or to a specific category of devices as warranted. UT encourages everyone to listen and adhere to Utah Tech alert messages, know emergency procedures, follow the direction of employees and emergency personnel. All students and employees are urged and responsible to update their emergency contact information in the My Utah Tech Banner System.

When are emergency notifications employed?

Emergency notifications are issued when there is a significant emergency or a dangerous situation occurring on the UT campus that involves an immediate threat endangering the health or safety of students or employees. Emergency and dangerous situations may include but are not limited to fire, earthquake, flood, building collapse, weather-related situations, power outages, water emergencies, threat of violent crime, situations where the identity or location of a suspect is not known, Clery Act crimes, and crimes not covered under the Clery Act. Containing an emergency is the first priority, but the next priority is notifying the campus community. An emergency notification will be issued timely and accurately, taking into account the safety of the campus community. The only exceptions are if issuing an emergency notification would compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain or respond to the emergency, or otherwise mitigate the response to the emergency.

Who controls the alert system?

The Emergency (alert) Response Team (ERT) uses an authority and decision protocol matrix when deciding to make an alert, including the method of distribution, message content, and intended audience of the notification. The ERT is strategically made up of UT employees.

Are emergency drills conducted?

At least once each year and usually twice a year, UT will conduct an announced or unannounced test of the emergency alert system and plan in the form of a scheduled drill or exercise with appropriate follow-through activities designed for assessment and evaluation of emergency plans and capabilities. A response to an actual emergency cannot substitute for the test. In conjunction with at least one such test, the emergency and evacuation procedures are publicized in the Utah Tech University Emergency Procedures booklet on an annual basis in a manner designed to reach all students and employees.

Update Contact Info

Contact information included in Utah Tech Emergency Alert System will be used ONLY for campus emergency notification and will NOT be made available to any other service. All of the information is also available on our website on the bottom of the Homepage under the heading “Emergency Information”. Here are written steps to login and update your cell phone information:

  • Go to the UT homepage.
  • Click on myUtah Tech (upper-right-hand corner).
  • Login with your Utah Tech I.D. and pin.
  • Once logged in, click on “Personal Information”.
  • Under the “Personal Information” tab, click on “Update Address and Phone Information”.
  • Click on “Current:” under the local address field (note: if you do not already have a local address in our system, you will need to create one by selecting “Local” from the drop-down list next to “Type of Address to Insert,” after which, you will need to click the “Submit” button).
  • Input (or verify) your current local address.
  • In the phone numbers area, under “Phone Type,” select “Cell Phone” and enter your cell phone number in the appropriate fields.
  • Finally, click “Submit” to submit your changes