Emergency Notification System (ENS) is used at Rutgers University to send emergency text messages to alert subscribed users on their cell phones during situations of emergency as deemed by Public Safety. Periodically, ENS alerts are also sent out for the purposes of system test.
All users choose to subscribe (opt-in or opt-out) to ENS and can choose which campuses to receive ENS alerts as well as update cell phone numbers where ENS alerts are sent. A valid Rutgers NetID is required to subscribe to ENS. What is a NetID?
Help for ENS can be found here.
Authorized users only can compose and send ENS alerts.
ENS Message Reports & Announcements
Statistics reports are available on ENS alertss sent previously.
ENS Sample Alert Message
Below is a sample only of what an ENS alert looks like on a cell phone with text messaging capability. An ENS alert has a prefix and suffix added to the beginning and end of the actual alert message.
RU ALERT: Building on fire 123 Main St. Stay away from area. 04/16/01 03:14:53 EDT
RU STATUS: Level 4 Emergency Closure 4pm today until 1pm tomorrow. 01/26/15 09:39:07 EST
The ENS alert prefix (RU ALERT:) identifies a text alert message as coming from Rutgers. The ENS alert suffix (mm/dd/yy hh:mm:ss timezone) identifies the date, time and time zone that a text alert was sent, to show the intended order of alerts in case they are received out of order on cell phones.
ENS Service Info
Background: ENS was deployed at Rutgers University soon after the events at Virginia Tech in 2007. The use of SMS to send emergency text messages to subscribed users was a conscious decision but never intended to be the only means of emergency notification. The nature of SMS reliability is due to many factors outside the control of Rutgers and as such there will almost always be some who do not receive a text message or receive it slower (delayed delivery).
Short Code and Blocking: The short code used by ENS is 991-34 and it is recommended to NOT BLOCK this short code in order to receive ENS alert messages from Rutgers University. Some cell phone carriers and/or service providers may block short codes to prevent SPAM. Contact your carrier/provider for more information on short codes and how to prevent blocking of a specific short code for receipt of emergency notifications.