The University of Iowa

UI DPS to test Hawk Alert system on Friday, Nov. 13

The University of Iowa Department of Public Safety will test the Hawk Alert emergency notification system at approximately 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 as required by federal law.

Hawk Alert notifications are sent by mobile phone (including text messaging), landline phone, TTY phone (for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing), and e-mail. These alerts are also posted to the university’s Twitter accounts.

When applicable, situation updates are posted to the UI’s emergency website, Please refer to this page during active Hawk Alerts for the most updated information.

Subscribers are encouraged to answer their phones and listen to and read test messages, which will allow university officials to monitor the system's success. The system is programmed to retry phone numbers if they are not answered.

Hawk Alerts are triggered by an event that is currently occurring on or imminently threatening the UI campus. The UI Department of Public Safety initiates Hawk Alerts for any significant emergency or dangerous situation occurring on the campus involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students and employees (extreme weather, violence, hazardous materials incidents, etc.).

Faculty, staff, and students can manage the methods by which they receive Hawk Alerts, and we encourage you to review and update your preferences before Friday, Nov. 13. Because alerts can be delivered most effectively via text message, users are encouraged to enter their mobile numbers and select the text message option in their preferences. Email alerts will be sent to everyone.

To make sure you are subscribed, or to change the delivery options, follow these five steps:

  • Log in to MyUI (students) or Employee Self Service (faculty and staff).
  • Navigate to the Hawk Alert contact information links, or follow the direct links available on the Hawk Alert website.
  • Review the Hawk Alert contact information listed for you.
  • Make the appropriate additions or changes using the input boxes and drop-down menus.
  • Click the "Update Hawk Alert Contact Information" bar at the bottom of the page to save your changes. If no changes are necessary, simply log out.

For assistance, see the Hawk Alert page, or contact the ITS Help Desk at 319-384-HELP (4357) or

In the event of an actual emergency, the test will be postponed.

For more information on how to respond to various types of emergencies that could affect the university, see the Emergency Response Guide on the UI Department of Public Safety website.