Follow up to PSUTXT Hershey alert test

Penn State Hershey Medical Center conducted a test of the PSUTXT text-messaging system on Friday, Dec. 3, to help ensure its functionality in a true emergency.

At approximately 9:45 a.m., people with valid PSUTXT accounts who have elected to receive “Hershey Alerts” should have received a message indicating it was part of a test and that there was no emergency. Those who had expected to receive the message but did not should take steps to ensure their PSUTXT accounts are active.

Validating the cell phone 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 did receive the test message on Dec. 3 do not need to take any action. Anyone who initiated a subscription to “Hershey Alerts” via PSUTXT but did not receive the test message should log into the PSUTXT system by going to and clicking on the PSUTXT link on the left side of the page.

Once logged in, individuals should update their cell phone information then click on 'Services' to have a new validation code sent. Once subscribers receive the validation code, they need to enter it on the registration page on the website to complete the process and validate their accounts.

Anyone who has not yet subscribed to PSUTXT should go to and click on the PSUTXT link on the left side of the page.

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Last Updated December 08, 2010