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Enhanced UF Alert System Debuts June 21

GRAPHIC: "Gator eye" logo of the UF GatorSafe app. University of Florida.

A test of the UF Alert emergency notification system is scheduled for Tuesday, June 21. Approximate test times are 9 a.m. for UF Health Shands, 10 a.m. for Lake Nona, and 10:30 a.m. for Gainesville. It will be the first notification conducted using UF’s new emergency alert product, AppArmor.

The text message will include an external (i.e., not from a UFL.EDU address) URL, directing recipients to a verified website displaying the full message. This change allows the university community to quickly receive longer messages during incidents, rather than waiting for several short texts.

The UF community is encouraged to save the alert code “237233” in their phone’s contacts. Saving the alert code number validates the text message as a UF Alert. The test alert will be broadcast to most telephones on the UF campus as well as outdoor speakers in high traffic areas, including Plaza of the Americas and Reitz Union North Lawn. The audio will also be broadcast in many academic spaces, like classrooms and laboratories.

You can update emergency contact information and location preferences in ONE.UF. Navigate to Directory Profile and then UF Alerts to edit current settings. UF Alert texts are only sent when a threat may impact a university campus. In such cases, the UF homepage is the official source of emergency-related information.