As part of the UMass Amherst Alerts system, emergency text messages will provide time-sensitive notifications to subscribers' cell phones about situations that pose an immediate risk to the safety of the campus or could significantly disrupt its activities. More about UMass Amherst Alerts.
Members of the University community are not required to subscribe to this service. However, as text messages provide a critical venue for emergency communications, we urge you to subscribe.
Help us spread the word about emergency text-messaging! Encourage your friends and co-workers to sign up.
Don’t have a cell phone? For the latest emergency information, refer to your campus email account or the UMass Web site.
To subscribe to UMass Amherst Alerts, you need:
A UMass Amherst IT or SPIRE Account. If you do not have an IT or a SPIRE Account, go to the IT Help Center, A109 LGRC Lowrise with a picture ID (M-F, 9:00 a.m.- 4:45 p.m.) or stop by the Learning Commons Service Desk (Lower Level, W.E.B. Du Bois Library).
A cell phone that can receive text messages. Check with your carrier for more information.
Note: You must have a U.S.-based phone number and carrier in order to subscribe.
To ensure that you are receiving UMass Amherst Alerts text messages, it is important that you keep your cell phone number up-to-date in SPIRE.
Remember to update SPIRE if your cell phone number changes.
You may wish to unsubscribe from UMass Amherst Alerts text messages during the summer or any other time you are going to be away from campus for an extended period of time (e.g., semester abroad). Your subscription to UMass Amherst Alerts will end automatically when you leave the University (e.g., graduate, etc.).
The message, labeled UMass Amherst Alert, will be transmitted from 23177 and will include instructions about what you should do. If you are a student and are in class, tell your instructor about the message. Note: Please adhere to your instructors’ policies about cell phone use.