Bluefield College's wireless emergency notification system, RamAlert, is a resource designed to enhance communication to students, parents, faculty and staff during times of crisis on campus.
Through RamAlert, trained and authorized Bluefield College administrators are able to warn the campus community of an impending emergency and provide timely information to minimize disruption and potentially prevent harm or protect lives.
In the case of an emergency, subscribers to RamAlert will receive a text and/or e-mail message with details of the crisis and any necessary action plan. Participants must "opt in" to the system to receive the alerts. Messages, sent through a secure web portal, can be received via cell phone (text) or e-mail.
Use the links below to find out more about RamAlert.
How do I subscribe?
To subscribe to RamAlert, go to www.bluefield.edu/ramalert. From the RamAlert web page, click on the employees subscribe button or the students subscribe button at the top of the page to access the appropriate online subscription form. Please note, you must have an active MyBC account with a MyBC username (or Jenzabar ID) and password to sign up for RamAlert. During the registration process, you will need to provide your name, a username (i.e. your MyBC or Jenzabar ID), a password (i.e. your MyBC password), a mobile phone number, and an e-mail address. And, while RamAlert is designed for members of the campus community, accounts for parents of students or spouses of employees may be created simply by using your MyBC username and password and registering a different mobile phone number and separate e-mail address. See screenshot instructions for more details on how to subscribe.
Can my parents sign up for RamAlert?
Yes, but you must sign them up by using your MyBC username and password. While parents of students and spouses of employees are not allowed to sign up directly for RamAlert, because they do not have a MyBC username and password, students and employees are permitted to enter additional e-mail or mobile phone numbers for their parents and spouses. There is not a sign-up form available that can be accessed by the public (i.e. parents).
What kind of messages will I receive?
Via text message or e-mail (depending on your preference), subscribers will receive electronic notices regarding emergencies or crises on campus. The notices may include warnings, details of the crisis, emergency protective measures, and any other necessary action plans, along with post-incident information. Users will also receive important messages about class delays and/or cancellations, particularly during times of inclement weather.
What constitutes an emergency or crisis?
Emergencies may include, but are not limited to, an accident or serious injury to a student or employee, a facility emergency such as a fire or flood, loss of utilities, a public health issue, severe weather, a bomb threat, an intruder, a hazardous waste spill, evacuation, confinement, or a civil disturbance. And, while class delays and/or cancellations may not constitute an emergency, RamAlert is also used to notify students, faculty and staff about such occurrences.
Will I get the alert messages even if I don't want them?
While the college strongly encourages students, faculty and staff to subscribe to RamAlert because of the significant advantages it provides for crisis communication, the system is an opt-in system, which means individuals may or may not choose to enroll. In addition, since the system is "opt-in," users may also determine their preference in receiving the alerts -- via text message, e-mail or both.
Will RamAlert replace BC's other forms of communication during a crisis?
No. RamAlert is simply an additional method of crisis communication. While certainly offered as a method to enhance communication during times of emergency, it is not intended to replace, nor be the sole approach to crisis communication. Considering text messaging is dependant on the availability of a wireless signal, we encourage students, faculty and staff to also depend on e-mail and other BC forms of crisis communication.
Is RamAlert for online degree students and employees, too?
Yes. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to subscribe to RamAlert in order to receive critical wireless communication from the college. In some cases, the communication may be intended for traditional students only or for faculty and staff only on the main campus in Bluefield. In other cases, RamAlerts may be for all students, including those online, and for faculty and staff not only on the main campus, but also in regional offices. Therefore, all members of the BC family are urged to subscribe.
How long does my RamAlert subscription last?
Subscriptions with RamAlert expire every two years (in order to clear graduates or other unused accounts from the system). So, it is very important to log in to your account periodically to renew your subscription. If you have not been receiving recent RamAlerts, you may need to update your expiration. To do that, simply log in to your RamAlert account through MyBC (see screenshot instructions for more details on how to log in to your account), and on the "Welcome Back" page, click the "reactivate account" link.
Will I automatically be deleted from RamAlert when I leave or graduate?
No. You determine your own "opt-out" date when creating your RamAlert account. When that date arrives, you will receive a notification to renew your account, if you so desire, and to set a new "opt-out" time.
How do I find out more information about RamAlert?
If all of your questions have not been answered or you need more information about RamAlert, feel free to contact the BC Office of Public Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org.