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      Emergency Communications

      In the case of an emergency, Rice University utilizes an automated system that includes text messaging to mobile phones, e-mail, and voice mail to notify students, faculty and staff of the nature of the emergency.  Information is also provided to web pages, emergency hotlines, announcements over Rice’s public address system, and announcements in the news media. 

      Sign Up for Emergency Alerts

      To ensure that students, faculty or staff members receive this critical emergency information, they should maintain updated contact information in the ESTHER system. Contact information should include local and home emergency numbers where Rice can most effectively provide time-sensitive emergency information.

      When will Rice use Emergency Alerts?

      Rice will limit use of this emergency contact information to only the most urgent campus emergencies. Rice urges community members to take seriously any emergency notifications received via their primary emergency contact point and to respond accordingly.

      The University periodically tests its emergency communications systems to continually assess its ability to communicate quickly and efficiently.