Large-scale test of McGill’s emergency communications tools


McGill University has built up a wide range of communications tools to help keep you safe in an emergency. On March 18th, we’ll be testing McGill’s emergency notification tools. Read the information below to find out how these tests may affect you.

We’ll be testing:

SMS text messages

10:30am (approx.): Test messages will be sent to cell phones of students, staff and faculty who’ve signed up for this McGill | Attention! free messaging service. To ensure you can receive these messages, sign up now.

Pop-up messages on computer screens

10:30am (approx.): A pop-up test message will be sent to registered desktops and laptops across McGill’s campuses. To ensure you can receive this free service, install Alertus software on your computer.

Facebook and Twitter posts

10:30am (approx.): A message will be posted to the McGill University Facebook page and McGill University Twitter Feed. To ensure you receive this message, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @McGillU & @uMcGill

Alnote Email Message

10:30am (approx.): An email message will be sent through McGill’s Alnote messaging system which sends an email to all McGill Community members.

Phone calls to classrooms

1030am (approx.): An automated phone system that calls each McGill classroom phone to deliver a test announcement will be launched. website announcements

We’ll be testing our emergency Web announcements at in four phases from 10:30 - 12:00pm, 12:00 - 1:30pm, 8:30 - 8:35pm, 8:35 – 8:40pm (all times are approximate).

For more information on this test, visit

Your feedback

If you have any questions or comments about this test, e-mail us at emergency.measures [at]