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 online.

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

Last Updated October 03, 2013