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What Emergency Alerts Look Like

 
DCCCD Emergency Alerts allows you to choose how you want to be notified of an emergency: by email, through a recorded message on your phone or by text message. Choose any or all methods of notification. There is no charge to receive alerts, but standard text message charges from your cellphone provider will apply.

Here’s what your alerts from DCCCD Emergency Alerts will look like:

  • By email — You will see “From: DCCCD Emergency Alert Alerts@dcccd.edu,” with the subject line, for example, saying “Subject: CVC Emergency Evacuation.” The message will follow. (In this example, “CVC” refers to Cedar Valley College.)
  • By text message — You will see “FRM: 1 (410) 000-000,” sent by SMS@blackboard.com (Blackboard Connect is the vendor that sends out the alerts). Here’s an example of the subject line: “SUBJ: CVC Severe Weather Warning.” The message will follow.
  • By voice message — You will see 972-860-7475 on your Caller ID. When you pick up the phone, you will hear a computer-generated female voice giving the message. Example of message: “Dallas County Community College District emergency message. Severe Weather Warning at Brookhaven College. This is the Dallas County Community College District's Emergency Alert System. Take immediate shelter. Move to marked ‘Safer Zone’ areas. Storm and or tornado has been reported near Brookhaven College. I repeat, this is a Severe Weather Warning at Brookhaven College. End of emergency message from Dallas County Community College District's Emergency Alert System.”

DCCCD Emergency Alerts are sent to the email address you provided to us when you registered for classes. So be sure to update your email address if it has changed recently. To be sure you receive a timely alert, consider also signing up for a backup notification method.  It’s easy to update your email address — or to request that you also be alerted by phone call or text message or both. How quickly you receive the alert by phone or text may vary according to your cellular network.

You have the option to opt out of receiving emergency alerts.

Students and employees often attend classes or functions at multiple district locations. For this reason, if you are signed up to receive emergency alerts, you will receive alerts for all district locations. 

The names of colleges and locations will be abbreviated in text and email messages. Here is a list of abbreviations for the seven colleges of DCCCD:

  • Brookhaven: BHC
  • Cedar Valley: CVC
  • Eastfield: EFC
  • El Centro: ECC
  • Mountain View: MVC
  • North Lake: NLC
  • Richland: RLC