GREENVILLE, N.C. — East Carolina University will conduct a test of the ECU Alert emergency notification system at noon on Friday.

The test will assess multiple communication systems including the ECU homepage, email, indoor and outdoor loudspeakers, VOIP phone text and voice, SMS text messages, desktop pop-up notifications, and messages on digital signs.

People on campus will hear a voice message on their office telephones and on loudspeakers that will identify this as a test of the ECU Alert emergency notification system. Employees, students and parents will also receive ECU Alert test emails to registered accounts. Digital screens located throughout campus will carry a test message. Users who have registered for ECU Alert cellphone messages will receive one SMS text message on Friday, Aug. 19.

Campus computer users are reminded that the university has a pop-up notification system, AlertUs, which will fill the computer screen with the ECU Alert message when activated. After the users have read the message, clicking “Acknowledge” will close the warning. Employees working remotely may also experience this pop-up notification.

On Wednesday, Aug. 17 and Thursday, Aug. 18, brief intermittent testing will be conducted on some outdoor speakers across both campuses.  This will be a tone lasting for a few seconds.

Registration for cellphone messaging is available by selecting the ECU Family & Community Registration tab at

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to download the free safety app LiveSafe. LiveSafe allows users to discretely and anonymously report suspicious activity and safety concerns to ECU Police. Other features such as SafeRide are also available on the LiveSafe app. There are other crime and safety apps available for mobile devices. LiveSafe is the only app that is affiliated with ECU with features specifically for the ECU community.