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Ensure you receive emergency text messages


On Sept. 23, Ohio University's Athens campus began implementation of Blackboard Connect, an enhanced emergency notification system.

Registration from the previous emergency text message system did not transfer over when OHIO began using Blackboard Connect. Therefore, if a faculty or staff member was registered to receive emergency text messages in the old system, they are not necessarily registered to receive the messages now.

If Ohio University employees currently have a cellular phone number listed in their personal information, Blackboard Connect automatically will send emergency text messages to that designated number. However, if no phone number is designated as mobile or cellular no text message will be sent.

To ensure that you receive the most current emergency updates, take a moment to update your personal information. It can be done by following these steps:

  1. Log into "My Personal Information" by using your Oak ID and password.

  2. Once you are logged in, click "My Personal Information" on the left side of the website.

  3. Several options will appear to the right under the heading of "My Personal Information." The first option should be "Personal Information." Click it.

  4. You are now looking at the basic employee information. The information is divided into three headings: Basic Details, Phone Numbers, and Main Address.

  5. Locate the "Phone Numbers" header and click the "Update" button to the right of the header.

  6. If your cellular phone or mobile device number is already listed, ensure that it is designated as such by the corresponding drop down menu.

  7. If your cellular phone or mobile device number is not listed, select "Mobile or Cell" from the drop down menu under "Type."

  8. Under "Number" type your phone number in this format (XXX) XXX-XXXX.

  9. When you are finished, click next. You will be able to review the changes to your account. If everything is accurate, click "Submit."

  10. All changes will appear in your personal information within 48 hours.