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Emergency Notification System

Virginia Tech’s Emergency Notification System (ENS) is more commonly referred to as VT Alerts. If there is a threat to the campus community, a VT Alert will be sent describing the nature of the situation and instructions on immediate actions.

In a campus emergency, Virginia Tech will use several information delivery methods to reach you because, at any given time, one form of communications might be better to reach you than another. VT Alerts will deliver messages using some or all of the following channels:

VT Phone Alerts and VT Desktop Alerts

Both VT Phone Alerts and VT Desktop Alerts are notification channels that require users to subscribe in order to begin receiving messages. VT Phone Alerts are designed to reach users via text message, phone calls, and messages sent to email addresses, and are available only to subscribers with a Virginia Tech PID. VT Desktop Alerts are designed to reach users on a desktop or laptop computer that is connected to the Internet, and are available to any users who installs the desktop app. To subscribe to both, please visit

During each semester’s class registration period, students are required to opt-in or opt-out of receiving VT Phone Alerts notifications. More information can be found at Students are encouraged to unenroll from the system immediately upon graduation.

How do parents, guardians, and visitors receive VT Alerts?

Hokie parents, families, and loved ones, along with campus visitors, and campus vendors and contactors, can sign up to receive VT Phone Alerts to stay in touch with what’s going on in the Virginia Tech campus community.