The University of Colorado will test its emergency alert system on Thursday with text messages, emails, social media and website announcements, the campus announced today.

The test is intended to raise awareness of how the campus community will be notified in the event of an emergency. Annual testing is required by the Clery Act, the federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies.

Monthly flood siren tests will also begin on Monday and continue on the first Monday of each month through August.

All active student email addresses are automatically registered to receive alerts, and the university is encouraging students to register mobile phone numbers. Faculty, staff and affiliates are encouraged to register on a voluntary basis.

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