The Maroon Alert System

The Maroon Alert System includes several methods of notifying the university community of hazards and concerns. Some of these are only available to faculty, staff, and students, while others are open to the community.


Text Messages & Emails

Text messages & emails may be sent to faculty, staff, and students when there is the threat of imminent danger. Messages are not sent for weather alerts or safety tips. If you receive a message and are in the area of a threat, take immediate action as directed.

To update or check your subscription to this service:

  • Log in to: my.msstate.edu with you MSU NetID & NetPassword
  • Click the three bars on the left side of the page to open the menu.
  • Click “Banner” and the click the “Personal Information” tab.
  • Click “Update Your Maroon Alert Information” to check or update your information. You are also able to send yourself a test text or email.
  • Don’t forget to log out of my.msstate.edu

Emails are rarely used for urgent information, but may provide more detailed information when necessary.

Cell phone numbers listed in the Maroon Alert System are not published in the directory and are only used for emergency notifications or periodic tests.

Notification will be based upon best effort. Successful delivery of all messages cannot be guaranteed.

The text messages & email services are not available for family & friends.


Social Media

Maroon Alert uses social media to distribute important information to the university community, family, and friends. Follow @MaroonAlert on Twitter to receive important information and updates. The Mississippi State University Facebook account may also be used during a emergency to broadcast important information.

Please note: Social media messages are not monitored or replied to.


Sirens

The City of Starkville and Mississippi State University have several weather alert sirens that may sound during a severe weather or tornado warning. If these sirens are activated, and it is not a routine test, seek shelter immediately. Additional information will be posted to this website, social media, and text messages.

Sirens are usually tested on the first Tuesday of each month, during clear weather.


91.1, WMSV

The university radio station, 91.1 has a live feed available at: www.wmsv.msstate.edu . During an emergency, important information may be shared on this channel & feed.


Emergency Hotline

During emergencies, an emergency hotline may be activated. Calling (662) 325-5555 will connect you with a university professional who can speak with you about the emergency. Please note that this line is only activated during a crisis and lines may not be available due to call volume.


Mississippi State University Websites

The Emergency Management homepage will provide the most current and most detailed information about an ongoing emergency.

During an emergency, Mississippi State University webpages will show a blue or yellow banner at the top of the page. This banner alerts visitors to the emergency status and will link to the Emergency Management homepage. A yellow banner indicates and emergency, while a blue banner is used for an advisory.

Example:

example 1 of emergency banner

or

example 2 of emergency banner


A Note to MSU Webmasters

This functionality is available to any MSU web site, no matter what server it is hosted on.

All MSU webmasters are encouraged to incorporate the emergency banner into their sites. The more web pages that use the emergency banner, the more people are likely to see a timely warning.

The emergency banner will only appear in the case of a real emergency or an emergency exercise and will vanish at the conclusion.

The Solution

To incorporate the emergency banner into your page, simply add the following line of Javascript to your page or header file at or near the top of the page:

<script type="text/javascript" src="//cdn01.its.msstate.edu/i/emergency/1.4/hazard.js"></script>

Testing

To see what it will look like on your page when activated, temporarily use:
Your webpage URL appended with "?bannertest=y"