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RPI Alert is Rensselaer's crisis notification system, designed to provide rapid notification and instructions to students, faculty, and staff in the event of a crisis in progress.

  • When activated, RPI Alert uses e-mail, text messaging and cell/landline phone calls to send a brief notice about the situation and instructions of what to do.
  • A typical message might read: "This is the RPI Alert Emergency Notification System. A campus emergency has been declared. RPI Alert updates will be posted to"
  • After the RPI Alert message, more detailed follow-up information is provided through the RPI Alert website, e-mail, phone, and campus television resources.
  • The RPI Alert email and campus phone extention for students, faculty and staff is drawn from the RSS/SIS online information system.
Add your mobile phone:

log onto with your 9-digit RIN number and password, click on Personal Information, and then Update your RPI Alert phone number.

Questions about RPI Alert

Timely communications are an essential part of a successful response to an active emergency. We require more than a single mode of notification to provide this critical communications capability. Current methods include:

  • DPS Website and Public Safety Alerts
  • Rensselaer emails
  • Campus Cable Television
  • Audible Alert Public Address System (Fall 2008)

RPI ALERT will add to the array of communication methods Rensselaer already uses during campus emergencies. RPI ALERT is capable of seamlessly disseminating SMS, text and email messages to thousands of recipients in matter of seconds.

The new notification system will be used when it is believed that a life threatening event is about to happen, is currently happening, or has a high potential to happen in the near future. Examples of when the system may be activated include when an active shooter and/or hostage situation has been reported, a tornado or other serious imminent weather condition is approaching or is predicted to strike, or a major hazardous material/chemical spill has occurred on or near campus. Other emergencies that could trigger system use include a bomb threat, a major fire event, an explosion or a major utilities system failure.

The message should tell you what personal safety actions to take, if any, for the situation occurring at that time. Read carefully and follow the provided instructions. If possible, continue to monitor your cell phone and email service for additional RPI ALERT updates

DPS will test the system on a regular basis, at least once per semester. If the message is a test of the system, it will be delivered with the subject line: "TEST: RPI ALERT System"Any message that does not include the word "TEST" is an urgent message and should be responded to appropriately.

You have the capability to register as many as four telephone numbers. We recommend you enter only primary numbers that most frequently reach you. For most campus constituents, this would be your cell phone number(s). You may also opt to enter a home telephone number.

Registering additional phone devices increases your notification options. Text messaging is fast and efficient and lessens dependence on receiving emails during an emergency situation.

Your Personal Emergency Contact information is used by Institute officials for the purpose of notifying an individual’s designated contact(s) of medical emergencies, death, missing person(s), or other emergency situations. The RPI ALERT contact information is the list of communication devices you register to receive the Institute’s mass notification of an urgent campus emergency.