Emergency Alert System Test on Thursday

K. Patricia Bouweraerts
TMCC Mobile Safety App Image

A test of the emergency communications system at TMCC will occur on Thursday, Sept. 8 between 11-11:30 a.m. An optional, additional TMCC Mobile Safety App is pictured, above.

Now that Truckee Meadows Community College faculty and staff have welcomed students for Fall Semester, University Police Department are making sure they are ready to serve and protect the College community.

University Police Department serve the University of Nevada, Reno, TMCC and Desert Research Institute (DRI).

During an all-systems test this week, University Police Department and TMCC will conduct a joint test of the emergency communications system. Several safety platforms will be activated, including an SMS text message; a College-wide email; posting to Twitter and Facebook; and an alert box on the TMCC website's home page.

  • When: Thursday, Sept. 8 between 11–11:30 a.m.

“Safety on and around campus is our primary concern,” University Police Department Director, Chief Adam Garcia said. “This test will provide applicable information our community will need during an emergency event and showcase our emergency operations.”

All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up for the College’s Emergency Messaging System. Messages are sent to all enrolled cell phones in the event of an emergency or unexpected campus closure. Those already enrolled in the program will receive a test message through the system during the emergency test.

  • Students: If you do not receive alerts during this time, your contact information may not be current. Please update your my.tmcc.edu account to ensure that you will receive timely warnings in the future.
  • Staff: If your contact information is current in the Employee Self Service system, you will likely get a text message, email or voice message during this time. You may also see other alerts, such as an emergency test of the TMCC website.

If you do not receive alerts during this time, your contact information may not be current. To ensure that you will receive timely warnings in the future, please follow these directions:

  • Go to the NSHE Employee Self Service system.
  • On the home page click on “Update Contact Info”.
  • The cell phone field is located in the “Office Information” link and the email field is located in the “Address Information” link.
  • Please check all information to make sure it is up to date.

New Safety Services and Resources

An information radio station has been paid for by a grant awarded to UNR by the Division of Emergency Management, Homeland Security. The department's information radio station is at AM radio 1670 KHz and there is local Reno area reception.

The College community is advised to pre-program 1670 AM to car and other radios. The station is administered by University Police Department and is one of the platforms used in a large-scale emergency situation to provide information about an event.

Police Services also encourage everyone to report incidents and cooperate with investigations when an issue of safety is involved. Previously introduced at UNR, the new “See a Crime, Send a Text” program offers a new quick-tip, crime-reporting option.

Assistant Chief Todd Renwick encourages the TMCC community to begin using texts for reporting. Anyone can text UNRTIP and a message to 50911. UNRTIP must be first, and all reports are confidential, he said.

TMCC Mobile Safety App

The TMCC Mobile Safety App is now available at the Apple Store for iPhones, and in Google Play for Android mobile devices.

An important safety feature on the app is one-button 911 calling. After touching the 911 square, the call is confirmed on the second screen, so it is a two-touch function.

There are also squares for reporting suspicious activity to the University Police and to get quick links to campus maps. Other squares list emergency resources, procedures and safety tools such as a phone flashlight and alarm sound.

One of the app’s features is “Friend Walk” which is an option to be connected with a friend or family member while walking.

“Send your location in real-time to a friend so they can watch you as you walk to your destination,” according to in-app directions. “They’ll watch you and can trigger a call to emergency services if necessary.”

For more information about University Police Department, call 775-784-4013.