This week thousands of people who either go to school or work at UC Davis and its off-campus facilities are getting this message:
"This is a test of the UC Davis Emergency Alert System. There is no emergency at this time."
It’s arriving via cell phone, telephone, e-mail and pager.
Glynis Foulk is the emergency preparedness coordinator for the U-C-D Health System in Sacramento. She says the message would be more specific in a real emergency.
"It would say something like ‘we have a shooter on campus located in X Building. Please stay away from X Building.’"
This is a new system that UC Davis acquired last summer, in the wake of the Virginia Tech massacre.
"It’s horrible occurrences that happen when they have a shooter on campus or something like that but to have something bad happen and then not be able to respond to it well makes it go from bad to worse and we want to make sure that that doesn’t happen here."
Foulk says they’ll analyze the results of the testing to figure out the most effective way of reaching people.