George Mason University has updated the university’s emergency notification system, Mason Alert, to improve system utility and offer a more contemporary, friendly, and intuitive user experience. The new Mason Alert system is easier to access and integrates with the university’s user name and password authentication process. It also includes optional voice call alerts to three mobile phones and/or three landlines in addition to traditional email and text message notifications.
All university employees, students, and affiliates who are issued an @gmu.edu, or @masonlive.gmu.edu email are automatically enrolled in Mason Alert and provided with a Mason Alert account at http://alert.gmu.edu. Families, community members, and visitors, who do not have a university email address can receive notifications by registering their mobile phone and email through a community portal also available at http://alert.gmu.edu.
In order to ensure accurate data and user contact information, all students, employees, and external community members are asked to re-register their mobile phone numbers and email addresses even if they were previously registered with Mason Alert to ensure the integrity of contact data in the system.
Aesthetically, the new system looks and feels more contemporary. Additionally, the process for adding mobile phones and email addresses is more intuitive. The system can integrate with other technologies and other emergency notification systems that we have set up for the external university community members.
This Mason Alert system is one more step in the university’s continuous efforts to improve public safety and emergency preparedness. For more information about emergency preparedness and public safety programs, the university’s Annual Security Report, and mobile applications please visit http://ready.gmu.edu. To access or set up your Mason Alert account please visit http://alert.gmu.edu.
Director, Emergency Management and Fire Safety