Active in Emergencies
Public Safety and Security
875 Perimeter Dr.
PO Box 442281
Moscow, ID 83844-2281
Phone: (208) 885-7074
Fax: (208) 885-7001
Active in Emergencies
The University of Idaho uses the Vandal Alert system to send the university community official information about emergencies that may disrupt university operations or threaten our university community.
Vandal Alert is an institution-wide emergency notification system, and all students, staff and faculty are automatically enrolled. If the Vandal Alert system is activated by the university, you are contacted through phone numbers and email addresses that you have previously provided to the university with a short message about the emergency. Included in the message will be a brief description of the emergency and any actions you need to take, as appropriate.
Other Alert Notifications
In addition to Vandal Alert, the university makes every effort to use a variety of ways to release emergency messages, including:
- Press releases to local media.
- 24/7 message lines (208) 885-1010 will recorded information about active emergencies
- Email blasts
- Alert notices on the university home page
Your Vandal Alert Personal Information
If you change your personal contact information, take time to update your Vandal Alert information. Here's how:
- Click on the UPDATE button to the right
- Enter your Vandal Web ID
- Select the Vandal Alert option
- Update your information in the "Mobile 1" fileld
- Select yes
- Select your mobile provider in the drop down list
- Click to submit
Please contact us by email to report any problems or make suggestions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please remember this is not a warning system, but a notification system. If there is an urgent situation, we work to contain the incident, collect information to notify our community, and to provide updates throughout the incident as deemed appropriate.
Each phone number that you have provided in VandalWeb is automatically set to not receive text messages. To receive text messages, log in to VandalWeb and click on the ‘Emergency Notification System’ icon on the ‘Main Menu’ tab. For each phone number listed, check ‘yes’ if the phone is able to receive text messages. You can choose a maximum of 2 phones for UI to deliver text messages.
In order to change your phone number, you will need to change your contact information in VandalWeb. Visit http://www.uidaho.edu/emergency/notificationsystem/update for specific instructions. Updates will occur over night, so you will not see your contact information change in VandalWeb until the next day.
Email is not the fastest system to notify people and the server can only accept so many emails within a minute. Unfortunately email is not always the fastest mode of communication. If there is an urgent message, we will use another method, such as a phone call, to attempt to contact you as well.
The Emergency Notification System is organized so that it can send both emails and phone calls or one instead of the other. Depending on the situation, we may only utilize email communications in order to minimize disruptions to the academic environment.
This is the phone number displayed for the emergency notification system when it calls your office phone or cell phone. If you see this number calling your phone, please pick it up. It could be an important or urgent message regarding an emergency at the university.
If you do not have texting for your phone, you will receive a phone call or an e-mail as notification in an emergency situation.
If you do not want to receive messages at all, students can opt out of the Emergency Notification System. Employees cannot opt out of the Emergency Notification System.
The University of Idaho is actively working to improve the Emergency Notification System. If you receive a voicemail message and cannot confirm receipt of the message, the system will contact you again. The Emergency Notification System will continue to contact you until you confirm receipt of the message. You will either, receive another call, an e-mail, or a text message if you have the capability to receive text messages.
If you are contacted during an emergency via the telephone, if you answer and follow the instructions to confirm that you received the message, the system will not contact you again. If you miss the phone call, and you do not have voice mail, you will not receive the information to confirm receipt of the message. The Emergency Notification System will continue to contact you until you confirm receipt of the message. You will either, receive another call, an e-mail, or a text message if you have the capability to receive text messages.