MC Alert FAQs

What is MC Alert?
MC Alert is Meredith’s emergency notification system for students, faculty and staff. Meredith is contracted to use the Blackboard Connect emergency mass notification system. The product improves Meredith’s ability to effectively communicate with the campus using phones, cell phones, voice mail, email and text messaging.

Will my information be shared with other organizations or businesses?
Contact information included in the MC Alert service will only be used for emergency notifications and will not be made available to any other service, on or off campus. Blackboard does not sell, trade or rent personal information in the MC Alert system to any companies. For more, visit

When will the MC Alert System be used?
MC Alert will be used in the event of an on-campus emergency that poses an immediate risk to the health and safety of the campus community.

The MC Alert system will be used in cases including:

  • Fire
  • Immediate weather emergency
  • Shooting or other violent event.
  • The system will not be used for non-emergency announcements.


How often will I receive alerts?
Meredith College will test the MC Alert system once a semester. Otherwise, the alert system will only be used in the event of an on-campus emergency.

How do I confirm that I am signed up to receive text messages?
You will receive a confirmation message when you sign up for text messages. 

Who do I contact if I have questions about MC Alert?
Contact Ann Gleason, dean of students and chair of Meredith’s Incident Management Team, with any questions about the MC Alert system. Gleason can be reached at (919) 760-8521 or

Can I sign up only for voice messages and not text messages?
Yes. Users can opt to receive both voice and text messages, or to receive only voice messages.

Can I cancel the MC Alert service if I change my mind?
While Meredith College encourages all campus community members to sign up to receive MC Alert emergency messages, you do have the option to cancel. Visit Self Service to opt-out of the service.

How do I update my information?
Visit Self Service to update your contact information. We encourage you to update your contact information as soon as possible whenever it changes.

Should I submit my contact information if I live off campus?
Yes. MC Alert will be used to notify students, faculty and staff of emergencies that would impact the entire Meredith community, including members who live off campus.

What other emergency notification systems are used at Meredith?
Meredith will also utilize emp_all and student_all email messages, which are delivered to all email addresses. The College also has an emergency alert function on the Meredith website.

Meredith has also installed a campus-wide siren system that allows the College to issue warnings for incidents involving serious weather conditions or other safety/security issues. Persons hearing the siren should remain in a building or take cover in the nearest building. This system has both alarm and voice warning capability.

Contact Information
Ann Gleason, chair of Meredith’s Incident Response Team
(919) 760-8521

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