Mines Emergency Alert (MEA) System

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What is the Mines Emergency Alert (MEA) System?

The Mines Emergency Alert (MEA) System keeps you informed in the event of a campus emergency or weather-related closure. This system is an emergency notification service that allows university officials to quickly communicate emergency messages to students, faculty and staff via cell phone text and voice messages, and on-campus email and phone messages.

Phone numbers and email addresses are automatically uploaded into the system, but we ask that people periodically verify we have the correct information in the system. To do this:

  1. Login to Trailhead and click on Self Service.
  2. Under the Personal Information tab, click on Mines Emergency Alert System.
  3. To update your cell phone number, click on the link at the bottom of the page, Update Primary Phone.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can my parents or other family members also sign up so they will know what is going on? 

No. However, you can enter a secondary phone number to receive alerts. Be aware that an identical emergency notification will be sent to every phone number you have entered into the system.

In an emergency, information will be posted on the¬†Mines home page¬†and on the university’s¬†Facebook¬†and¬†Twitter¬†pages as appropriate.

What if I don’t have a cell phone?¬†
MEA messages also will be sent to all mines.edu email addresses and to campus phone numbers. Emergency information will be posted on the mines.edu home page and if appropriate, a recorded message will be placed on the main campus switchboard line, 303-273-3000.

What kind of situations will this notification be used for? 
Actual emergencies declared by Colorado School of Mines leadership, weather-related closures or delay, and other occasions that impact the campus community as deemed necessary by the administration. Additionally, a system-wide test is performed annually.

What do I do if I change my cell phone number? 
Update your information by logging in to Trailhead, clicking on “Self Service” and under the “Personal Information‚ÄĚ tab, clicking ‚ÄúMines Emergency Alert System.”

Will this cost me anything? 
There is no extra charge for calls or text messages from MEA. However, the phone call or text message is subject to the conditions and rates of your particular calling plan. For example, if your calling plan does not include text messaging, you may incur a charge for a text message received from MEA, based on the rates of your cell phone service provider. Please note that with the exception of the signup test and the semester system test, Mines will only send text messages for urgent situations.

How do I know that all of my personal data will be secure and protected? 
The contact information that you provide for this purpose, such as your cell phone number, will only be provided to MEA for the explicit purpose of notifying you in the event of an emergency. Your contact information will not be sold, disclosed or traded your contact. Only the individuals employed by Colorado School of Mines who must use this information to administer and manage the Mines Emergency Notification System will have access to your contact information. No other access will be allowed except as may be required by law.

How can I unsubscribe? 
We highly recommend that you do not opt out of the Mines Emergency Alert system, but if you do not want to receive alerts on your cell phone, you may opt out by updating your information in Trailhead. Log in to Trailhead and go to “Self Service.” Click on the “Personal Information” tab and then “Mines Emergency Alert System‚ÄĚ and select ‚ÄúOpt Out‚ÄĚ.

Learn more about general emergency procedures on the Mines Police Department website.