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‘PCT Alerts’ System Developed to Communicate Urgent Information


With a renewed focus on emergency preparedness at Pennsylvania College of Technology, Information Technology Services has developed a new system for communicating urgent, time-sensitive information to the campus. By signing up for PCT Alerts, students and employees will receive emergency text-message alerts such as building/campus evacuations, security threats and weather emergencies (including College snow closures). In addition to emergency alerts, students can choose to receive text-message notifications of individual class cancellations.

Students who have a cellphones with text messaging capabilities are strongly encouraged to sign up for this new service by following these simple steps (different instructions were provided to employees last week through the myPCT portal):

  1. Log in to SIS
  2. Click on “Miscellaneous Information” in the left navigation area, then select the “Change Student Preferences” option
  3. In the Text Message Alerts section, enter your cellphone’s e-mail address, which is your 10-digit phone number followed by “@” and the domain unique to your cellphone service provider. For example, Verizon Wireless customers would use “@vtext.com”. If you don’t know your phone’s e-mail domain, consult your cellphone user’s manual, check your provider’s Web site or checkonline for common carriers.
  4. Click on the “Send a test message” button to send yourself a message and verify that you can receive an alert
  5. (Optional) Select “Subscribe to individual class cancellation notification” if you would also like to receive notification whenever one of your classes is canceled by the instructor
  6. Click on the Submit button to update your information

If you have any problems with the sign-up procedure, please contact the Student Help Desk .

To unsubscribe from this service, simply follow steps 1-3 above and remove your cellphone’s e-mail address from the box.

Watch PCToday for more information about this new service and about emergency preparedness at Penn College.

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