NAU joins nationwide drill to test emergency notification system Oct. 18

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Northern Arizona University will conduct a semiannual test of its full emergency notification system starting at 10:18 a.m. Oct. 18 as part of the Great ShakeOut, a nationwide earthquake preparedness drill. Please take some time to familiarize yourself with these procedures in case of an earthquake:

The university’s notification system includes text messaging through NAU Alert, priority email, information on the NAU home page, posts on Twitter and Facebook, and a recorded message on the NAU Now Line. Callers may reach the NAU Now Line at (928) 523-0007. The university also will broadcast messages and sirens via speaker-equipped Blue Emergency Phones throughout campus.

NAU Alert subscribers will receive two texts: one to announce the test and the second to conclude it. No action is required of individuals during the test.

Faculty, staff and students who are not enrolled in NAU Alert may sign up to receive text messages that notify subscribers of emergencies on campus and interruptions in operations. Registration is available online for up to three phone numbers per user. Text message and data rates from your mobile phone company may apply.

Faculty and staff who are registered for NAU Alert and do not receive text messages during the test should contact the ITS Solution Center at (928) 523-1511 or

Students who are registered and do not receive text messages should contact the Student Technology Center at (928) 523-9294 or The statewide toll-free number is (888) 520-7215.

NAU Communications