Loyola University Maryland

Public Safety

Greyhound Alerts

The Loyola Emergency Notification System (LENS) was established in 2003 as a way to notify the campus community of emergencies that utilizes text messages, emails, and an exterior public address system with voice instructions. This year, we have updated LENS to the Greyhound Alerts system which incorporates messaging to desktops, digital signage, mobile apps, and more. Greyhound Alerts will be used to relay important information about impending emergencies and provide updates as they are unfolding.

The Department of Public Safety activates and oversees the Greyhound Alerts system which includes a variety of communication methods. Alert capabilities are available all day, every day. The goal of Greyhound Alerts is to provide members of the Loyola community with relevant, timely information so they can make decisions and take actions that will ensure their health and safety during an incident.

Greyhound Alerts are sent using one or more of the following communication channels:

Text, Voice, Email, and Mobile App Messages

Loyola uses the communication platform Everbridge to quickly send short emergency notifications. Watch a video about the Everbridge system.

All undergraduate students are automatically registered in Everbridge and it is strongly recommended for all other members of the campus community.

To register or customize your contact preferences, please visit the Everbridge portal.

Text Messages

Greyhound Alerts text messages are sent to all text-message-capable phones registered in Everbridge. In some cases, you might be prompted to confirm receipt of a message by replying YES. There is also a polling option to respond by number (ex. 1 Safe, 2 Not Safe). 

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Voice Messages

Greyhound Alerts voice messages can be sent to all registered phones. This is an optional method and can be added within the Everbridge portal.

Email Messages

Greyhound Alerts email messages are sent to all active students, faculty, staff, and administrators with a Loyola University Maryland email address. This delivery method is automatic and cannot be removed. There is an optional method of sending email messages to personal accounts and accounts of family members; these accounts can be added within the Everbridge portal. 

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Mobile App Messages

Greyhound Alerts can be sent to the Contact Bridge mobile app. This app, once downloaded to a mobile device, allows registered users to receive Greyhound Alerts through the app in addition to text, email and voice messages withough downloading this app. Greyhound Alerts can be shared easily from this app by clicking the Share link at the top right. Download Contact Bridge by searching 'contact bridge' in the App Store or Google Play. 

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Desktop and Digital Signage Notification

Greyhound Alerts can be sent to all university computers connected to the Loyola network. This includes office computers, classroom and meeting space projection, laptops, and digital signage in public spaces. Students and employees can add the software on their personal laptops by contacting the Office of Technology Services help desk at x5555.

When the program is activated, a full screen pop-up will display on the computer monitor providing the community with emergency information. This information will remain on the screen until acknowledged or for 15 minutes.

Exterior Siren System (Evergreen Campus Only)

Greyhound Alerts can be sent to an exterior siren system on the Evergreen campus that uses speakers on the rooftops of the Andrew White Student Center, Campion Towers, and Fitness & Aquatic Center. These locations were selected to deliver the audible message across the entire Evergreen campus without adversely affecting the neighborhood.

The emergency system includes an outdoor warning siren and public address system. When the outdoor siren is heard it will be followed with information about the type of emergency and instructions on what to do. The siren will also precede the “All Clear” signal. The outdoor siren system is tested on the first Monday of each month at 1:00 pm in conjunction with the text and email notification tests.

Loyola Emergency Information Website

View the Loyola Emergency Information Website for our current alert status.

Blue Light Emergency Distress Station

Emergency call boxes are placed throughout campus and provide immediate contact to campus police. By pushing the call button a voice signal is sent directly to our base dispatch center. Base operators will send campus police officers to the calling station to take appropriate action. The dispatch center will stay on the “line” with the person making the call until campus police arrives on scene.

There are three types of distress stations that you will find on campus:

  • Free standing towers/poles with a flashing blue light on the top.
  • External building mounted units found in key areas all across campus.
  • Wall mounted units located in many residence hall laundry rooms.

A map of our emergency call boxes can be found here