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Michigan State University semesterly alert test to take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday 

September 5, 2023

Alert System Test

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State University Police and Public Safety will conduct a full system test of its campus alert notification system at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6. The test is part of the department’s standard semesterly testing of the mass notification system. 

The mass notification system is used to provide emergency notifications and timely warnings to the Spartan community. The test will include text and email alerts, computer notifications, SafeMSU app notifications, MSU Green Light emergency phones and the outdoor siren system. Phone calls will not be made during the test, but will be utilized in the event of an actual emergency. 

Audible tones will be heard from the outdoor sirens during the test. Upon hearing the tone in an emergency situation, community members are asked to check their mobile devices for additional instructions. You can listen to the tone on the MSU Alert website.  

“Michigan State University stands committed to ensuring the safety and security of our campus,” said Vice President and Chief Safety Officer Marlon Lynch. “Our mass notification system is an integral part of our campus safety and security portfolio, demonstrating the importance of conducting semesterly alert tests.” 
Wireless Emergency Alerts, or WEA, also will be tested by Ingham County Emergency Management. To receive these alerts, individuals must be within the geofence Ingham County has created and have test alerts enabled on their mobile device. The geofence runs approximately north to south from Saginaw Street in East Lansing to the area of Mt. Hope Rd. near south campus and runs west to east from US-127 to the area of Hagadorn Rd. You can learn more about how to receive WEA tests on your mobile device here
Prior to the test, we encourage students, faculty and staff to log in to to review and update your notification preferences. Students and employees also are encouraged to download the SafeMSU app and enable push notifications. The app includes emergency alerts, safe rides and location sharing all in one place.  

Those who need support or have questions regarding the MSU Alert system can submit feedback by completing this form.  
MSU Police and Public Safety is committed to enabling a safe and welcoming MSU for all. 



Dana Whyte, Communications Manager and Spokesperson, Michigan State University Department of Police and Public Safety