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Emergency Notification System

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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:

  • The Virginia Tech homepage (
  • Broadcast emails to all accounts
  • Electronic message boards in most classrooms and campus spaces.
  • The weather/emergency hotline (540-231-6668)
  • Campus sirens and loudspeakers
  • VT Phone Alerts
  • VT Desktop Alerts
  • On Twitter by following @vtalerts, @vtnews, or @virginia_tech

Virginia Tech students, staff, and faculty may receive VT Phone Alerts messages and university ( e-mail notifications specifically targeted to university facilities in six key regions across Virginia — National Capital Region, Abingdon, Danville, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke — as well as the Blacksburg campus. Other VT Alerts channels will only be used for emergency messages intended for the Blacksburg community.

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?

All community members are encouraged to subscribe to VT Desktop Alerts, follow @VTAlerts on Twitter and follow Virginia Tech on Facebook

Any user with access to a cell phone can also sign up to receive SMS text message alerts from the @VTAlerts Twitter account — simply send a text message with the words "Follow VTAlerts" to the phone number 40404. For more information, please visit