Emergency Notifications Procedure-TC Alert

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Emergency Notifications Procedure-TC Alert

Owner: Public Safety

Procedures for emergency notifications; how to sign up for TC Alert.

1.0       Introduction

Emergency warnings may be made to the community via TCAlert, an emergency notification system that enables fast and efficient dissemination of critical information to members of the College community.  TCAlert allows the College to send simultaneous emergency text and voice message alerts.  TC Alert is NOT to be used for general announcements.  It may be used in conjunction with other communication methods, such as College-wide broadcast emails, online updates via the Teachers College homepage, coordinated use of public media outlets, and public address systems within most College buildings.

All members of the community are strongly encouraged to partner with the College by registering their cell phone number with TC Alert.   Individuals who cannot receive text messages may receive these notifications via voice messages.   There is no charge for the TCAlert service from Teachers College.  Some wireless phone carriers may charge a fee for receiving SMS text messages.   Please check with your carrier. 


2.0       Procedure

To sign up for TCAlert please follow the steps below.

1.      Click on the link to go to the Teachers College MyTC Portal. 

2.      Log in to the system using your UNI ID and password

3.      Select "TC Services” from the menu at the top of the page

4.      Then select "TC Alert" in the “Transactions” channel

5.      You may enter a phone number to receive TEXT messages OR a phone number to receive a VOICE message.

6.      Press SUBMIT  


TCAlert sign up link – https://wind.columbia.edu/login?sendxml=1&destination=https://my.tc.columbia.edu/cp/home/login


Within 48 hours of signing up for the system you will receive a TEST message confirming that you have registered to receive messages.  If you do not receive confirmation within 48 hours please contact the Office of Telecommunications at 212-678-3456


3.0       Personal Safety

Timely and Urgent Warnings:

Non-emergency warnings:

The Office of Public Safety is committed to providing timely warnings of crimes and other incidents that may pose a threat to members of the TC Community.  Non-emergency notices are generally provided via College-wide broadcast emails.

Emergency warnings:

Teachers College shall immediately notify the campus community upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of community members.  Such warnings may be delayed only if they would compromise efforts to contain the emergency.

Responsible Office: Public Safety

Effective Date: 

Last Updated: April 2015