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UCM Alert: Will You Be Notified in an Emergency?

January 22, 2019

Dear UC Merced Community,

When emergencies occur, timing is everything. That’s why the UCM Alert system was created for our community. It allows the police department to send immediate mass notifications to the campus community via email and text messages.

Unfortunately, many of you aren’t getting these notifications because you have not entered your personal cell phone and personal email address in the system. By default, UCM Alerts go out to every UC Merced email address and university-issued cell phone. Many of you, however, use third-party vendors like Google as your primary email service provider, and your own personal cell phones. If these numbers and email addresses aren’t in the UCM Alert system, you won’t receive emergency notifications in a timely manner. Relying on others to pass along these critical and potentially life-saving messages is not an effective way to manage your safety.

When you register all of your email addresses and cell phone numbers with the UCM Alert system, you receive critical safety information during potential emergencies on or near campus properties. Messages include the nature of the emergency and the recommended actions to ensure your safety. This is the only direct method of communication between you and the university in emergency situations.

I encourage you to take 3 minutes today to either register for UCM Alert or update your information if already registered. To complete this task, take these steps:

1. Log into

2. Scroll down to the UC Merced Alert tab at the bottom.

3. Enter your name, phone number and email.

4. Save, and it’s done.

If you need further assistance or clarification, please call 209-228-8273. We’re here to help. We will also be out around campus helping people sign up throughout the semester.



Chou Her

Chief of Police