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WVM-Alert Frequently Asked Questions

 

WVM-Alert Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. What is WVM Alert?

WVM Alert is a Campus emergency messaging system used by West Valley and Mission colleges to ALERT students, faculty, staff and visitors of emergencies and other situations affecting our campuses.

Messages are sent by West Valley Mission Community College District Police, Emergency Management personnel, the Public Information Officer or other trained staff.

As a part of this service you will periodically receive text messages. The frequency of these messages will depend on how frequently WVMCCD sends messages through this service.

This service is compatible with the products and services provided by AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, and most other mobile phone carriers. A complete list of supported carriers is displayed during phone registration.

2. How are the messages sent to me?

Due to the mobile nature of many campus affiliates, cell phones are often the best way to reach the campus population during an emergency. Campus safety officials will use voice calls and text messages to cell phones to ensure delivery and comprehension of the message. Email messages and office phones may also be used.

 

CREATE A CONTACT ON YOUR PHONE for WVM Alert.  The phone number will always be the same 408-855-5544.  That way you will know it is WVM Alert calling.

WVM-Alert is not the only way we notify you of emergencies.

 

If you hear the fire alarm – evacuate the building

If you hear instructions via the public address system – follow the instructions given. The PA system is not available in every campus building at this time.

If a classroom phone rings – answer it and follow instructions

If you are asked to take action by a Campus Emergency Response Team member wearing a reflective vest – follow their directions

If you see instructions on the campus electronic signs, website, Facebook or Twitter sites – take appropriate action

 

3. What situations prompt a WVM Alert?

Situations could include:

Active shooter on campus = Lockdown – Run, Hide, Fight

Building Evacuation

Campus Closure

Shelter in Place - Event requiring everyone to stay indoors (different from a Lockdown)

 

4. What should I do when I receive a WVM Alert?

Each situation requires a different set of actions.
Review the Emergency Guidelines posters positioned around campus or go to www.wvm.edu/emergency and review the more detailed Emergency Guidelines and other emergency information provided.

 

If you are driving and receive a WVM Alert pull over, when convenient, and read or listen to the message before you enter the campus.

5. How will you send out emergency updates?

We only use WVM-Alert to send out initial emergency reports and “All Clears”.  Updates will be posted on Facebook and Twitter.  If you don’t have accounts, you can still access the information via links posted on the www.wvm.edu/emergency site under “Emergency Info Updates”

Facebook:

•  Mission College Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mission-College/359222180118

•  West Valley College Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/westvalleycollege?ref=br_tf&rf=110883848936359

•  You do not have to have a Facebook account to view the Facebook page.  Just type the link on the URL line on your web browser or save the link in your contacts.

Twitter:

•  Mission College Twitter @missioncolleges (yes, there is an “s” at the end)

•  West Valley College Twitter @WestValleyCC

•  You do not have to have a Twitter account to get updates on Twitter.  Just type the @name on the URL line on your web browser.  Save it in your contacts for reference.

Note:  There is an old twitter account called @missioncollege1, no longer in use

6. Is there a fee for this service?

The service does not charge any fees; however, your standard mobile device charges do apply.

7. Can anyone sign up for WVM Alert campus emergency notifications?

Anyone may sign up for campus emergency messages sent to West Valley and/or Mission College.  Click the Other Affiliates page to begin.

If you are a student, full-time staff or faculty working the current semester, you are automatically registered.  See Question #10 for log-in information.

 

8.  Will you test the system?

WVM-Alert is tested every semester.  You will receive an email notice at least 24 hours before the test so you can update your Portal information if necessary.  All test messages clearly say “THIS IS A TEST”.

9. How will I know if I have an account?  

All students, faculty and full time staff should have an account. 

If you are a student, full-time staff or faculty working the current semester, you are automatically registered.  See Question #10 for log-in information.

10. How do I log in for the first time if I was automatically registered as Student/Staff/Faculty?

Click on the WVM Alert link at the top of the home page at www.wvm.edu. The User Name is the email you use in the Student/Staff/Faculty Portal. Click Forgot My Password.  Your temporary password will be sent to the email address.  If no account exists, you will need to Self-Register.  

Note to Auto-Registered Users: In the near future we will be changing the information used to create internal accounts. During that changeover, any changes made in WVM Alert will be erased and revert to the information in the Portal. Therefore, we recommend that students, full time staff and faculty do NOT make changes to the WVM Alert site until the changeover has occurred.

11. I’m trying to register but the system says I already have an account.

If you are student, faculty or full time staff, you were automatically loaded into the system.  Use your portal email address as the User Name and Click Forgot My Password.  Your temporary password will be sent to your email address. 

If you share an email address with another person, only one set of contact information can be included.  You can self-register with another email address or change your email address in the Portal.

Note to Auto-Registered Users: In the near future we will be changing the information used to create internal accounts. During that changeover, any changes made in WVM Alert will be erased and revert to the information in the Portal. Therefore, we recommend that students, full time staff and faculty do NOT make changes to the WVM Alert site until the changeover has occurred.

 

12. How do I add myself to a group or change groups?

For self-registered users:

You must ADD YOURSELF TO A GROUP under the Groups tab on your Account page.   The groups are the places where you spend your time. It's how WVM-Alert knows where you are.

Do you attend classes or work at West Valley College? You should join the West Valley Campus OPT-IN group

Do you attend classes or work at Mission College? You should join the Mission Campus OPT-IN group.

Do you spend time on BOTH campuses? You should join BOTH groups.

1. Select the Groups tab

2. Under Official Groups, select the Opt-in group you want to join

3. Under Group Details->Group Status, click Join

Note: The default group WVMCCD Broadcast Alerts DOES NOT receive alerts. Ignore this option.

Automatically registered users are already set up in groups.

13. The system is asking me to verify my cell phone number.  Do I need to do this?

For self-registered users:
YES!  You must follow the prompts to verify your cell phone number and enter the confirmation code - otherwise, you will not receive messages.

For automatically registered users:

No.  Verification is not necessary.

14. What is a confirmation code?

For self-registered users:

The confirmation code is generated by the WVM Alert system and sent to your cell phone.  You must enter the confirmation code on your account page to activate messages.

Automatically registered users:

No need to confirm you cell phone.

15. I did not receive the confirmation code text message.

If you do not receive the confirmation code within a couple of minutes:

Click the Confirm button on the My Account page

Use the Click here to resend now link provided on the Enter Confirmation Code page. 

If you still fail to receive the confirmation text message:

Click the edit button on the My Account page that is associated with [Mobile Contact (1)]

Confirm your mobile number and carrier are correct.

Make changes as necessary.

Please Note: Confirmation codes are only sent to [Mobile Contact (1)].

If you do not receive a confirmation text message after following the above steps, your

mobile carrier may be enforcing a text messaging block on your account. Contact your carrier and ask that messages from shortcodes 67283 and 226787 to be delivered to your mobile device.

16. If you already have my Registration email address, why do you need a Preferred email address?

Specifying a Preferred email address allows for the delivery of WVM-Alert generated email to addresses other than the one you used when registering for this service.  If you frequently use an email account other than the one specified within the Registration email field, we recommend you add these addresses as Preferred email addresses.  Preferred email addresses may be added at any time within the My Account tab under Email.

Note to Auto-Registered Users: In the near future we will be changing the information used to create internal accounts. During that changeover, any changes made in WVM Alert will be erased and revert to the information in the Portal. Therefore, we recommend that students, full time staff and faculty do NOT make changes to the WVM Alert site until the changeover has occurred.

17. What are Voice Only Line Contacts used for?

Broadcast Alerts can include a recorded voice message sent to your Voice Only Line Contacts. When you specify a voice only line, you are requesting to receive any voice messages included as part of a campus emergency message.

Note to Auto-Registered Users: In the near future we will be changing the information used to create internal accounts. During that changeover, any changes made in WVM Alert will be erased and revert to the information in the Portal. Therefore, we recommend that students, full time staff and faculty do NOT make changes to the WVM Alert site until the changeover has occurred.

 

18. If I did not enter my phone number during registration, can I go back and enter it at a later time?

For self-registered users:

Yes. To enter your mobile phone, visit the My Account tab, and click the Add button within the Mobile Contacts section. If you wish to provide a landline, VoIP, or other phone that cannot receive text messages, you can enter it within the Voice Only Line Contacts section.

For automatically registered users:

Your phone numbers are already entered.  Update them in the Student/Staff/Faculty Portal within MyWebServices.

19. How do I edit my WVM Alert account information?

Do you have access to the Student/Staff/Faculty Portal?

If your Portal account has current contact information, your WVM Alert contact information will be current as well. The Portal information will overwrite any WVM Alert system contact edits made inside WVM Alert system.

Note to Auto-Registered Users: In the near future we will be changing the information used to create internal accounts. During that changeover, any changes made in WVM Alert will be erased and revert to the information in the Portal. Therefore, we recommend that students, full time staff and faculty do NOT make changes to the WVM Alert site until the changeover has occurred.

 

No Portal Access:

Log-in to your WVM Alert account and click Edit.

20. How do I update my information in the Portal?

Log-in to the Portal (https://mywvm.wvm.edu) and find MyWebServices.

Students:

My Personal & Academic Info-> Update My Personal Information

Faculty and Staff:

Employee Email/Phone-> Email/Phone Number Change

21. I’m not receiving voice messages on my cell phone.

For self-registered users only.  Log-in to your account and make sure that you Confirmed your phone number.  The system must send you a text code that you enter on the website to confirm that the phone number is correct.  Until this is done, you will not receive calls.

To receive voice messages on your mobile device, click the Enable Voice Message Delivery checkbox to turn on voice alert delivery for the selected phone.

Also check to see that you registered for a GROUP.  (See #12 above.)

For auto-registered users: Confirm that your phone number is current in the Student/Staff/Faculty Portal.  If you are still having problems, email wvmAlert@wvm.edu.

22.  I’m not receiving text messages on my cell phone.

If you are not receiving text messages, your mobile carrier may be enforcing a text messaging block on your account. Contact your carrier and ask that messages from shortcodes 67283 and 226787 be delivered to your mobile device. 

Also check to see that you registered for a GROUP.  (See #12 above.)

If you have previously texted “Stop”, and now want to receive texts, you must delete the phone number, re-add it, and Confirm the number (see question #13). 

23. How do I change my email address?

Visit the My Account tab. Within the Email section, click the Edit button associated with the email address you wish to modify. Follow the instructions for entering your new Preferred email address.

Note to Auto-Registered Users: In the near future we will be changing the information used to create internal accounts. During that changeover, any changes made in WVM Alert will be erased and revert to the information in the Portal. Therefore, we recommend that students, full time staff and faculty do NOT make changes to the WVM Alert site until the changeover has occurred.

 

24. How do I change my mobile number?

For Self-Registered Users:

Visit the My Account tab, and click the Edit button next to the mobile number you would like to change. Enter the new mobile number you want to use in the fields provided, and click Continue.  

When changing Mobile Contact (1) [your primary mobile number], you will receive a text message containing a 4-digit confirmation code.  You must enter this confirmation code within this website to complete the primary mobile phone registration process.

For Auto-Registered Users:  Updates to contact information in WVM Alert will be overwritten by the Portal.  Update contact information in the Portal ONLY.

Note to Auto-Registered Users: In the near future we will be changing the information used to create internal accounts. During that changeover, any changes made in WVM Alert will be erased and revert to the information in the Portal. Therefore, we recommend that students, full time staff and faculty do NOT make changes to the WVM Alert site until the changeover has occurred.

25. How do I change my password?

Click on the My Account tab. Within the User Profile section, click the Edit link.  Instructions for changing your password are provided.  

Note to Auto-Registered Users: In the near future we will be changing the information used to create internal accounts. During that changeover, any changes made in WVM Alert will be erased and revert to the information in the Portal. Therefore, we recommend that students, full time staff and faculty do NOT make changes to the WVM Alert site until the changeover has occurred.

26. How do I remove text messaging?

You may remove text messages by texting STOP to 67283 or 226787 or 78015 or 81437 or 22911 from your registered mobile phone.

Note: Text messages are the fastest way to receive emergency messages. 

When you remove this notification method, you may put yourself and others at risk because you are not aware of in-progress campus emergencies.

The District is not responsible for any adverse consequences resulting from your decision.
If you have questions, please email WVMAlert@wvm.edu

Note to Auto-Registered Users: In the near future we will be changing the information used to create internal accounts. During that changeover, any changes made in WVM Alert will be erased and revert to the information in the Portal. Therefore, we recommend that students, full time staff and faculty do NOT make changes to the WVM Alert site until the changeover has occurred.

27. How do I stop voice messages to cell phones or landlines?

For self registered users and automatically registered users:

Go to the My Account tab, and click the Edit link associated with your Mobile Contact.

UNCHECK the Enable Voice Message Delivery checkbox.

Self registered users may delete the number.

Note to Auto-Registered Users: In the near future we will be changing the information used to create internal accounts. During that changeover, any changes made in WVM Alert will be erased and revert to the information in the Portal. Therefore, we recommend that students, full time staff and faculty do NOT make changes to the WVM Alert site until the changeover has occurred 

28. How do I set up my account to ONLY receive voice messages?

For self registered users:

To receive ONLY voice messages on a particular mobile device (no text), text STOP to 67283 or 226787 or 78015 or 81437 or 22911 from your registered mobile phone.

Note: When you remove any notification methods, you may put yourself and others at risk because you are not aware of in-progress campus emergencies.

 

The District is not responsible for any adverse consequences resulting from your decision.

If you have questions, please email WVMAlert@wvm.edu

Note to Auto-Registered Users: In the near future we will be changing the information used to create internal accounts. During that changeover, any changes made in WVM Alert will be erased and revert to the information in the Portal. Therefore, we recommend that students, full time staff and faculty do NOT make changes to the WVM Alert site until the changeover has occurred.

 

29. How do I delete my Account / Opt Out?

For self-registered users:

Log-in to your account and click Delete.  You may create a new account at any time. 

For automatically registered students, staff or faculty:

If you click the Delete button, your information will NOT be deleted because the Portal reloads all names into WVM Alert every evening.  The only way for it to “stick” is to do the following:

You may Opt Out of text messages by texting STOP to 67283 or 226787 or 78015 or 81437 or 22911 from your registered mobile phone.  You may also UNCHECK the Enable Voice Message Delivery checkbox.

You may not Opt Out of email messages. We encourage you to enable as many messaging methods as possible to increase the likelihood and speed of receiving a given emergency message.

Note to Auto-Registered Users: In the near future we will be changing the information used to create internal accounts. During that changeover, any changes made in WVM Alert will be erased and revert to the information in the Portal. Therefore, we recommend that students, full time staff and faculty do NOT make changes to the WVM Alert site until the changeover has occurred.

 

Note: When you remove any notification methods, you may put yourself and others at risk because you are not aware of in-progress campus emergencies.

 

The District is not responsible for any adverse consequences resulting from your decision.

If you have questions, please email WVMAlert@wvm.edu

30. I deleted my account but I’m still getting messages.

If you are part of the automatically registered group, you cannot delete your account.  Your information is being reloaded every evening.  You may STOP text messages and uncheck the Enable Voice box in your account. See FAQ #26 and #27.  You will still receive landline phone calls and email.

If you are no longer a student/staff/faculty, our records may need to be updated.  See FAQ #32 for phone numbers to call.  If all else fails, email wvmAlert@wvm.edu

For self-registered users:

Log-in to your account and click Delete.  You may create a new account at any time.

31. What happens when I opt out completely?

Opting Out will remove you from the WVM Alert notification system. 

You will no longer receive campus emergency notifications to your phone or email.

Note: When you remove any notification methods, you may put yourself and others at risk because you are not aware of in-progress campus emergencies.

 

The District is not responsible for any adverse consequences resulting from your decision. 


For self-registered users:

Only self-registered users may completely opt out. 

For automatically registered users:

Students, staff and faculty must receive email messages. If you have questions, please email WVMAlert@wvm.edu

32. I am no longer a student, staff, faculty but I'm still getting the messages.

If you were automatically registered in the system, contact the following people to have your campus records updated.

Students – West Valley Admissions and Records 408-741-2001

Students – Mission Admissions and Records 408-855-5000

Faculty, Community Ed Instructors – Human Resources 408-741-2061

Classified Staff  - Human Resources 408-741-2161

Part time or Student Hourly – Human Resources 408-741-2171

The system records will not update unless the campus records are up-to-date.

 

If you self-registered, you may log into your WVM Alert account and delete it.

 

33. You have the wrong number!

If you believe that you are receiving this information in error, email 

wvmAlert@wvm.edu. If you are a former student, staff or faculty member, see #32 above.

34. What is Rave Mobile Safety?

On July 1, 2015, Rave Mobile Safety was contracted by the District as the notification platform to support campus emergency messages. 

Rave does not charge subscribers to send or receive SMS messages. Message and data rates may apply. Please refer to your mobile phone contract for more information. You can opt out of SMS messages at any time by texting STOP to 67283 or 226787 or 78015 or 81437 or 22911.