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Reminder about emergency resources from Ohio University and the City of Athens

In the wake of a water main break last week that left parts of the Athens Campus and city without water, Ohio University and the City of Athens would like to issue a reminder about informational and emergency notification services available to all students, faculty and staff. 

Please take a moment to review the options below and opt-in or register for the services from which you’d like to receive notifications. 

Ohio University: OHIO Alert
In emergency situations, Ohio University updates the OHIO Alert website found at www.ohio.edu/alert. In addition, text message alerts are sent directly to students, faculty and staff who are subscribed to this service. Information about OHIO Alert, as well as instructions for adding and updating contact information, are available at the following link: www.ohio.edu/riskandsafety/emergencyprograms/notification_system

Ohio University will also post emergency messages to the official Twitter account, @ohiou

City of Athens
Those who wish to receive emergency notifications from the City of Athens have several options, including through the city website at www.ci.athens.oh.us. At the top right of the homepage in a blue header bar, there is a “Sign In” button. Users will have the option to create a new profile and set up alert notifications. 

In addition, a service called “Notify Me” can be found near the bottom left portion of the city’s website in an orange box. Users can sign up for alerts via email, text and voice call. 

The City of Athens also uses Nixle, a service that allows residents to connect with their local public safety departments and schools. The link to Nixle can be found on the city’s website at the top right corner under the “Connect with Athens” text. The Nixle icon looks like an “X,” or new users can register at https://local.nixle.com/city-of-athens-ohio and choose the agencies from which they’d like to receive notifications through email, text message or voice call. Users can also create an account by texting the zip code 45701 to 888777 from a mobile phone to receive Nixle notifications in the Athens area.

Students, faculty, staff and community members can also register for the Athens Ready service at www.athensready.com/Subscriptions. Options to receive notifications from other agencies like NOAA and the World Health Organization are also available through this service. 

Like OHIO, the City of Athens updates social media in the event of an emergency. In addition, all updates to the city website are posted to its social media accounts. Follow the City of Athens on Facebook at “City of Athens Ohio News and Information” and on Twitter @CityofAthensOH