Medical Center to test PSUTXT system as part of regional drill

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center will test the PSUTXT text-messaging system on Thursday, Oct. 3, to help ensure its functionality in a true emergency. This test will be sent only to those who have valid PSUTXT accounts and have elected to receive “Hershey Alerts.” The system is being tested as part of a regional emergency preparedness exercise.

At some point during the morning of Oct. 3, those with valid subscriptions will receive one or more messages that clearly indicate they are part of a test and that there is no emergency. A failure to receive this test will help people realize if their account is not active.

Validating the cellphone number at the time of opt-in verifies that a user has an active text messaging service on their account; ensures that only the person who owns the mobile phone is signing up for the service; and ensures that the user correctly keyed in their phone number.

Those who receive the test message on Oct. 3 do not need to take any action. Anyone who initiated a subscription to “Hershey Alerts” via PSUTXT but does not receive the test message(s) should log into the PSUTXT system by going to http://psutxt.psu.edu/ online.

Anyone who has not yet subscribed to PSUTXT should visit the PSUTXT site listed above and complete the subscription process.

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Last Updated October 03, 2013