UF added InformaCast software to send a message through several platforms, including email, social media and the school's website, at one time.
Since fall classes ended Dec. 7, UF has used its emergency alert system on two occasions. Both times, the administration was pleased with how quickly text messages were sent to students and employees.
UF administration used the emergency system on Dec. 9 to 10 and on Dec. 20, sending a pair of messages in each incident. A message is first sent to a company that takes the message and distributes it to every wireless carrier. Then, the message is delivered to phones of students and employees registered with the emergency alert system.