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Alert FAQ

Q. What is FIT Alert?

FIT Alert is FITís emergency alert system. The system is used by the college to send emergency and safety information and protective action messages to students and employees in order to enhance security, to protect lives and well-being, protect assets, and minimize campus disruption.

Q. Who is authorized to send emergency/safety information?

The FIT Alert system can be used only by authorized campus personnel to send messages, including emergency protective actions, warnings, and post-incident information related to life and safety issues, to the campus community.

Q. What type of emergency/safety information will be broadcast?

Alert notifications may pertain to events in the categories identified below as well as other life threatening situations. The system may also be used to send "all clear" and/or follow-up messages at the end of an event; additional instructions regarding the event may also be sent. It will not be used to send general notifications of campus non-emergency events or activities.

Typical Usage:

  • Bomb threat - based on intelligence that indicates the threat is credible.
  • Civil disturbance - large group disrupting normal campus activities.
  • Fire - large-scale fire in building(s), the local community, or industry, or wildfire, that endangers campus.
  • Hazardous material - dangerous material, chemical, biological, nuclear spreading from a contained area.
  • Major road-closing/incident - unanticipated event that would disrupt safe passage to and from campus.
  • Medical emergency - pandemic or event with mass casualties.
  • Personal safety - situations that include use of weapons, violence, perpetrator at large, active shooter, hostage situation, or missing person. Any situation on or off campus that, in the judgment authorized campus personnel constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat to persons or property.
  • Suspicious package - reasonable belief that a package may contain a chemical, biological, or nuclear substance that might cause harm to persons or property.
  • Utility failure - a major disruption or damage to utilities including gas, electrical, or water.
  • Weather - severe weather conditions, including flooding, snow/ice/cold, thunderstorm, wind, tornado, or hurricane

Q. Is it mandatory for students, faculty and staff to participate?

Participation is voluntary, but is strongly encouraged.

Q. Will FIT Alert replace other means of communication that the college uses to notify the campus community of emergency information?

No. FIT Alert will supplement other means, which include email, social media, the FIT website, television, posters, social media, and the collegeís emergency phone line (212-217-7792).

Q. Why do I have to sign up for FIT Alert?

FIT wants to use every means of communication to increase the likelihood of delivering critical health- and safety-related messages to the community. FIT Alert greatly enhances the collegeís ability to deliver this information.

Q. Will I automatically be enrolled in FIT Alert?

Yes. All student and employee Banner contact information will be automatically uploaded to FIT Alert. Students and employees are encouraged to log into MyFIT to review their information in the alert system to ensure it is correct and to add additional contacts.

Q. Once I sign up will I ever have to sign up again?

The system will be updated weekly from Banner. However, you will be asked to review your contact information in FIT Alert at the beginning of each semester. This may sound unnecessary, but it is for your protection. Many people change phone numbers or email addresses and forget to submit their new information. Updating your information takes only a few minutes, and could be important in the event of an emergency.

Q. How do I access my FIT Alert information?

If you are a student or employee of FIT, you can sign up for FIT Alert through MyFIT. Log on and select the FIT Alert tab, then follow the directions there.

Q. How do I update my information?

You can go into MyFIT and update the information as often as needed. The latest information will override any previous information. However, please be as accurate as possible.

Q. Does it matter how many phones and in what order I enter them when I sign up?

No. You can enter up to three telephone numbers, two email addresses, one fax number, and four text message numbers. They can be your local, work, home, cell, or any other number. The system will call them all at about the same time.

Q. What if I don't answer the phone when an emergency notification is sent out?

If you have voicemail, the message will be left in your voicemail box. If you do not have voicemail, the system will redial each number several times before moving to the next number.

Q. Will the emergency notification system be tested?

Yes. FIT will conduct a test of the system each semester. Notification of the test will precede the actual test.

Q. Will it cost me anything to participate in FIT Alert?

No. FIT Alert is a service to the community.

Q. If I no longer work at or attend FIT, will I get removed from the system?

Yes. The system updates weekly. When individuals are no longer employed and students are no longer enrolled at the college, they will be automatically removed from the system.

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