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Dome March 2013

The Emergency Alert System Safeguards Everyone

Date: March 1, 2013

As of last month, Johns Hopkins Hospital employees, students, postdocs and residents are required to sign up to receive messages through the emergency alert system.

The goal, says Howard Gwon, senior director of the Office of Emergency Management, is to notify as many people as possible should an emergency or a potentially disastrous event—be it a bomb threat or an earthquake—strike.

Within seconds, Johns Hopkins’ disaster control or security communications team will send a text message to enrolled faculty, staff and students, alerting them of the situation.

“It’s important that we do everything we can to keep our campuses safe and, when necessary, relocate employees and students to a safe place,” says Gwon.

“We need everyone’s help to do that.” If you haven’t yet enrolled, go to and follow the prompts.