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AlertU FAQ

To sign up for SBCC emergency text notification click here

What is the Emergency Notification System?

The Santa Barbara Community College District’s AlertU Emergency Notification System will enable the colleges and the district to communicate with you quickly in the event of an emergency via text message. The system will ONLY be used in case of emergency. (Three (3) test messages are sent per year). 

In what situations will a message be sent?

A SMS/Text message will be sent only to inform you of an imminent emergency, such as a fire, earthquake, threat of violence, or chemical hazard, or of significant other events such as a school closing or power outage.

Is my contact information secure?

Subscriber information submitted for the AlertU Emergency Notification System will be kept private and confidential. It will not be shared with other entities, but used only to communicate with you in the case of an emergency.


If you have not yet done so, please take a moment to go to the AlertU website page to sign up with your cell phone 


Santa Barbara City College - click here to sign up AlertU Emergency Notification System (ENS)

To enhance the safety of students and visitors to Santa Barbara City College, the college has selected the AlertU platform to notify students and members of the community cell phone based text messaging in the case of an emergency.

The Santa Barbara City College - AlertU system allows for two-way communication with any subscriber who may be involved or observing an emergency situation, in real-time.

Use of the Santa Barbara City College - AlertU system is open to all students and individuals that attend classes or activities at any of the college's locations. The Santa Barbara City College - AlertU system is completely voluntary and the user is required to Opt-in to enable their personal cell phone to send and receive messages in the case of an emergency. Santa Barbara City College - AlertU Subscribers can Opt-out at any time to discontinue the emergency messaging service http://www.sbcc.edu/alert/

Test messages will be sent to each user up to four times per year to insure the integrity of the system and each user will be charged standard text messaging rates by their cell phone service provider. 


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