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Emergency Notification System (UNG Alert)

How will I be notified of an emergency?

Currently the University of North Georgia (UNG) has adopted three methods of communication for dissemination of information regarding emergencies. Those methods include:

  • UNG Alert
  • Website Notification
  • Outdoor Weather Sirens

UNG Alert

  • What is UNG Alert?  UNG Alert is the primary emergency messaging system that delivers text messages, voice calls, e-mails, and desktop computer alerts directly to your cell phone or computer in the event of severe weather, campus emergency, emergency evacuation, or other campus emergency.
  • Am I automatically enrolled to receive the emergency text messages? No. Students and employees will have to log into their Banner Web account, click “Personal Information”, and select Emergency Alert System to add information for telephone and text notifications. You may also contact the Department of Public Safety at 706-864-1500 for assistance with registering.
  • What does it cost?  The only cost is the amount your cell phone company may charge you to receive a text message or phone call – usually just a few cents.
  • What If my cell phone number changes?  You must update your cell phone number by going to your Banner Web Account.
  • Will the UNG Alert system cover all University of North Georgia Campuses?  Yes, all students, faculty and staff can receive emergency messages, regardless of their location and receive location specific alerts.
  • Can my family receive UNG Alerts?  Yes. The UNG Alert system allows you to include up to five additional phone numbers.
  • What kinds of messages will I receive from UNG Alert?  We will only send you a message in the event of severe weather, a campus emergency, an emergency campus closing/evacuation, or other emergency in which we believe your wellbeing is in danger.  The system will not be used for routine communications.
  • How are messages delivered?  Messages are delivered via text, voice phone calls, UNG e-mail, and UNG desktop computer alerts.
  • Important Information The UNG Alert phone number is 706-867-3025.  Please pre-program this number in your phone so you will know the message is an emergency alert.  This number is not monitored and will only deliver emergency messages.

Website Notifications

UNG University Relations will update UNG websites with emergency information and updates as they become available. Updates will be available on the following websites:

Outdoor Weather Siren System:

Outdoor weather sirens are owned and controlled by the respective counties each campus is within. These systems are activated by each county based upon their local protocols. More information about these systems should be directed to the county government.

  • Blue Ridge Campus:  Fannin County does not utilize an outdoor weather siren system.
  • Cumming Campus:  Forsyth County has 17 outdoor severe weather sirens located throughout the county to notify people who are outdoors that severe weather is in the area. Monthly testing of the audible siren (test tone) will take place at noon on the first Wednesday of every month, weather permitting. The sirens will be activated (warning tone) in the event Forsyth County is placed under a tornado warning.
  • Dahlonega Campus:  Lumpkin County has 14 outdoor severe weather sirens located throughout the county notify people who are outdoors that severe weather is in the area. Monthly testing of the audible siren will take place on the first Saturday of each month around noon. The testing period will last around three minutes.
  • Gainesville Campus:  Hall County has 20 outdoor severe weather sirens located throughout the county to notify people who are outdoors that severe weather is in the area. The Hall County Warning System is tested silently every morning at 10 a.m. At 10 a.m. on the 1st Wednesday of February, May, August, and November, the sirens will be tested using the wail alert tone. To avoid confusion, the sirens will not be tested if there is stormy weather or a severe weather watch or warning in Hall County. Other than the time the wail tests are conducted, the only time the sirens should be activated with sound is when an actual warning is issued.
  • Oconee Campus:  Oconee County does not utilize an outdoor weather siren system.


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