HSC Alert is evolving; here’s what you need to know

If you care about your colleagues’ health and well-being, encourage them to sign up their mobile phone number and carrier in HSC Alert! Your good deed could help save a life.

A test of the emergency notification system is scheduled for Feb. 14, and everyone should be ready.

Please print and post this reminder on boards/in locations where faculty, staff and students gather.

HSC Alerts are automatically sent to all uthscsa.edu and livemail.uthscsa.edu (student) email addresses. However, in order to receive text message alerts on your mobile phones and alternate/personal email addresses, you need to register. In order to receive these important text notifications, please sign into www.uthscsa.edu/HSCAlert to register or update your mobile phone and carrier. Login using your university username and password (standard login credentials).

Of special note, a new policy is now in place regarding weather-related delayed openings or closures of our university campuses. In the event of inclement weather, normal operating hours will be maintained throughout university enterprises, including clinical sites, research labs/institutes and all academic and administration endeavors. In general, there will be no closures or delayed openings at UT Health San Antonio—barring an extreme weather scenario or other highly dangerous, life or safety-threatening incident. Instead, faculty, staff, students and others should use their own discretion regarding a safe commute to and from work, while staying in close communication with their supervisor, professor or proctor.

If you have changed your alternate/personal email address, please update that information as well at www.uthscsa.edu/HSCAlert. It’s important that you do so, especially in light of a recent FCC ruling on the liability that stems from auto-dialing or auto-texting someone who hasn’t consented to receive such communications.

“The value of the HSC Alert System has been evident on numerous occasions in the past, whether it be crime alerts or any number of situations that may arise,” said Michael J. Parks, chief of police at UT Health San Antonio. “Text messaging is a favored method of communication for a growing number of people, so it’s vitally important for you to register your phone number and carrier. Text messages and emails can help save lives or injuries.”

A test of the HSC Alert system is planned for Feb. 14. Make sure you register at www.uthscsa.edu/HSCAlert before then. It could save your life.

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