Northern Kentucky University has eight types of communication it may use to disseminate information during an emergency. These methods of mass communication combined make up the Northern Kentucky University Alert System.
Keep in mind that each communication method has a different response time dependent on many factors. NKU will use the most appropriate method(s) of notification depending on the severity of the situation. The Outdoor/Indoor Warning System is used when immediate action by people on campus is necessary.
Redundancy of these methods will be used when necessary to ensure that as many people are notified as possible.
Text/Phone Messaging System by Rave Mobile Safety
Norse Alert is designed to provide emergency notification via text message and voice message to alert students, faculty, and staff of an emergency at or adjacent to the University. Norse Alert is a simple and reliable means to send messages to many people via cellular phones (or other digital devices) and land-line phones. Norse Alert works on any cell phone and does not require hardware or software installation by the receiving party. Individuals that want to take advantage of this system must enroll via Norse Alert.
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service Weather Radio
NOAA Weather Radio is an "All Hazards" radio network, making it a single source for comprehensive weather and emergency information. In conjunction with Local Emergency Management and the National Weather Service, NWR broadcasts warnings and post-event information for all types of emergencies - including natural disasters, environmental emergencies, and public safety situations.
E-mail to all NKU Addresses
A mass e-mail can be sent to everyone who has an e-mail account on the GroupWise system. This e-mail is initiated in the Office of Marketing & Communications and is accessible to any account holder whether they are accessing e-mail from campus or remotely.
The Office of Marketing & Communications will provide information to the media via a formal media advisory or news release and respond to media inquiries. Once the activation of mass communication systems is initiated and the public becomes aware of a situation occurring at the University, the media will begin to inquire about the nature of the emergency. As time allows, a press conference may be scheduled for university leadership to talk to the media and answer questions.