JHU's Emergency Alert System/Submit your Cell Number
Dear Faculty and Staff Members:
Please help us to help you. We have emailed you in the past, encouraging you to enroll in the university’s emergency alert system (“JHEA”), which sends text messages to cell phones in emergencies. Many of you did enroll, but we would like complete participation, so we’re emailing you again.
Currently, JHEA is voluntary; to participate, you must “opt in” by enrolling. We are considering moving to “opt out,” in which we automatically enroll you, though you can voluntarily withdraw. This would help us to enroll those faculty and staff members who have always meant to do it themselves, but haven’t gotten around to it. Experience at campuses around the country shows that, in the aftermath of a crisis, many of those who have not enrolled wish they had.
If you worry about being bombarded by text messages from the university, don’t. So far, our occasional tests of JHEA have, fortunately, far outnumbered the number of actual emergency texts. Other than tests, we send JHEA texts only in the event of an actual emergency that threatens imminent harm. If the university sends you a JHEA text, you’ll want to read it.
In order to automatically enroll you, we need your cell phone number in JHED, the online Johns Hopkins Enterprise Directory. At present, only about 60 percent of Johns Hopkins staff and faculty have listed their mobile telephone numbers in JHED.
There’s another big benefit to having your cell phone number in JHED: Having access to your mobile number makes it far easier for Johns Hopkins Security to contact you in a personal emergency. Even if you choose not to have your mobile number displayed when someone searches for you in the directory, Security will be able to retrieve it in an emergency and contact you.
So, please go to http://my.johnshopkins.edu. Sign in with your JHED ID and password. Click on “myProfile” at the upper left. You will find the “Cell phone” field about two-thirds of the way down the “myProfile” page. Enter your number and select your carrier from the first drop-down menu. Use the second drop-down to determine who, if anyone (other than Security), may see your mobile number in the directory.
If you want to subscribe to JHEA emergency text messages now, while it’s still opt-in, you may also do so via JHED. Go to the “emergency alerts” box at the upper rights of the myProfile page.
That’s all it takes. If you have any questions, contact Jon Links at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daniel G. Ennis
Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration
Jonathan M. Links, PhD
Professor, Bloomberg School of Public Health, School of Medicine, School of Education
Chair, University Committee on Crisis Management