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CNU Alert: CNU is conducting a test of the emergency notification systems. Testing is critical to our success in the event of a "real world" emergency. No further action is required. Thank you for your patience as we refine our capabilities. Christopher Newport University's Emergency Notifications System: There are two primary electronic communication methods. In the event of a real-time emergency where students, faculty and staff need to take immediate action, a text message will be sent via this alert system. Other system components such as, email, calls to landline and cell phones, social media, and internal computer overrides may also be used. This type of communication will go to all individuals registered in the cnualert system. In all other cases where there is not an emergency or immediate threat, information will be sent by email to Christopher Newport University students, faculty and staff via the cnu.edu email system. This notification is intended only for members of the Christopher Newport University community who attend classes or work on campus so that they may make plans regarding their daily activities. Thank you for your continued support in Christopher Newport University's emergency management and public safety programs.

Updated: 09/10/2020 10:35 AM

Notification System

Level 1: Planned Incident

These are incidents that typically allow a period of time to prepare or plan a response. Examples of these incidents are hurricanes, inclement weather, power or utility outage, and related campus disruptions. The minimum emergency notification system components which maybe used:

  • Web page – cnualert.info
  • Email messaging
  • Other system component(s) deemed appropriate by the Unified Command Team

Level 2: Localized Incident

These are incidents that typically affect a specific building or a specific area on campus and do not affect the entire campus community. Although these incidents are more specific to an area or building, the required response is more immediate than in a planned incident. Examples of these incidents are hazardous materials spills, fires, bomb threats and suspicious packages. The minimum emergency notification system components which maybe used:

  • Web page – cnualert.info
  • Text messaging
  • Email messaging
  • Other system component(s) deemed appropriate by the Unified Command Team

Level 3: Immediate Catastrophic Incident

These incidents require an immediate acknowledgement and broadcast of emergency conditions in the interest of public safety. Examples of these incidents are hostile intruders, terrorist incidents, mass violence and nuclear power catastrophes. The minimum emergency notification system components which maybe used:

  • Siren / public address
  • Web page – cnualert.info
  • Text messaging
  • Email messaging
  • Other system component(s) deemed appropriate by the Unified Command Team

CNU Police Alert

When an incident occurs, the following tools will be used:

  • Web page – cnualert.info
  • University Police Web page – police.cnu.edu

Depending on the nature of the alert, the following tools may be used:

  • Text messaging
  • Email messaging to mass notification subscribers
  • Email messaging to students, faculty and staff
  • Hard-copy notices posted throughout campus

Please note that the campus-wide emergency siren system will only be sounded during an immediate, catastrophic incident.