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Emergency preparedness test to take place Wednesday

As part of Lehigh’s ongoing emergency preparedness effort, University Relations will conduct a test of the emergency communications on Lehigh’s Web site beginning at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The test should last approximately 30 to 90 minutes. The test should not have an adverse effect on normal site operations, though the visual appearance of the site will change during testing.

There will also be a test of the text messaging system, LU-Alert. If you have not already done so, you can register for LU-Alerts at http://www.lehigh.edu/lu-alert by logging in and then following the instructions listed on the site for registration.

Given the important role Lehigh’s Web site will play during a crisis, it is essential to conduct periodic testing of this functionality. Wednesday’s test will simulate the Web and Internet-related communication process Lehigh would follow during an actual crisis situation. This will include adding emergency-related graphics and text to the site and ultimately switching over to a low-bandwidth or “lite” version of some of the university’s Web pages. All affected graphics and text on the site will be clearly labeled with the word “test” to prevent any confusion.

Please feel free to contact University Relations if you have any questions at (610) 758-4487. Thank you for your cooperation during this important initiative.

--University Relations department

Posted on Monday, January 07, 2008

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