Say ITSO: Emergency Notification System

On Oct. 21, you should have received an e-mail from the Lewis University Alert Service ( requesting  updated emergency contact information.

This notification would have also been sent to all other e-mail accounts provided to us during the last emergency contact information update in the spring.

Send Word Now is the official emergency notification service at Lewis University and was first introduced in 2007 as a tool to contact students, faculty and staff in cases of school closings due to inclement weather or other emergencies at the university.

Each semester, everyone is invited to update their emergency contact profiles via e-mail.

Profile information can include messages to be sent to multiple devices consisting of telephone numbers, personal e-mail addresses and text messaging options in cases of emergencies.

If a situation develops that warrants an alert to be blasted, a message will be sent to all of your emergency contacts simultaneously. This helps to ascertain that you will be contacted without delay and, in a worst case scenario, may save your life.

The information will detail the emergency and any instructions deemed necessary to insure your safety. The emergency notification system is also used to immediately notify the Lewis University community of school closings due to inclement weather. If you have not done so already, we ask that you take a moment to establish that your emergency contact information is available and up-to-date by clicking on the link that was e-mailed to you Oct. 21.

If you did not receive the e-mail, or can no longer find it, please contact the Help Desk at 815-836-5950 and the link will be resent to you.

The importance of updating your information is crucial to your safety should an emergency arise at the university.

Say ITSO is a bi-weekly column written by staff members at Lewis’ Instructional Technology Services Organization (ITSO). All submitted questions will be answered by their staff members. All content written in this column are not the views of the editorial staff of The Flyer. Students with questions and concerns regarding technical issues on campus are encouraged to send their queries to

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