To ensure the prompt delivery of messages to the people directly affected by an incident on campus, the service is limited to faculty, staff, and students.
Alerts will be sent to all 'rice.edu' email adresses and all Rice University telephones, 713-348-XXXX voicemail. As well, text messages, additional emails, and voicemail will be sent to non-Rice mobile phones and non-Rice email adresses, as designated in the ESTHER system.
Most subscribers receive the alert messages within 5 minutes. However, the University cannot guarantee that the text messages sent during an emergency will be received by all subscribers due to the different data plans provided by multiple vendors of cell phone services. Text messaging plans vary between vendors and provider charges may apply.
Subscribers' cell phones will remain confidential and will be used only for emergency notifications by Rice University.
Subscribing to emergency text messages is free. However, your cell phone carrier may charge you to receive text messages. Please check with your cellphone vendor for details.
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.