About BC Alert

Brazosport College has an Emergency Alert Notification system that is used to notify Students, Faculty, Staff and Community members of an emergency or situation that is occurring on Campus. The system is tested each semester. Messages are delivered via, text messages, phone calls to your cell and landline home phone, and e-mail.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How are alerts received?

The BC Alert system is designed to transmit alerts using voice to landline and cellular telephones, e-mail, text messaging to cellular telephones and the Mobile App named Contact. Alerts and Updates are also posted on the BC Alert website at www.brazosport.edu/bcalert.

How do I sign up for BC Alert?

All current students and employees are automatically enrolled in the BC Alert system.

If you are a student you should make sure that all of your contact information is current by consulting the Registrar’s office. Student data is updated at the beginning of each semester.

If you are an employee you should make sure that all of your contact information is current by consulting the Human Resources office. Employee data is updated each semester and when employees are hired or leave the college.

Please ensure that we have a valid mobile phone number on file.  

What if I don’t want to participate in BC Alert?

Participation in the alert system is mandatory for all students and employees of Brazosport College. The system is designed to increase the safety of all college students and employees. Just as we do not give individuals the opportunity to opt out of receiving fire alarm warnings and other safety alerts on campus, we require that all individuals participate in the BC Alert system.

How does the system work?

The BC Alert system is hosted by a national company with many years of experience in providing alerts of this type. Their systems are designed to rapidly generate many thousands of phone calls, e-mails and text messages. The system is hosted on multiple servers in multiple locations and is accessible to authorized college emergency response personnel. When an alert is initiated, the system immediately begins placing phone calls and transmitting e-mail messages.

Only a limited number of college employees are authorized to generate alerts using the system. These individuals have access to a web application that allows them to select an alert to send and to monitor the progress of the alert transmission.

Who is authorized to send alerts using BC Alert?

In addition to the President of the college, the college security department and the college Deans are authorized to send alerts. In addition, the Information Technology department is authorized to initiate alerts when instructed to do so by one of these individuals.

Will the info in the BC Alert system be used for any other purposes?

No. The BC Alert database will not be used for any other purposes and will not be resold or otherwise distributed. There are strict security controls in place to prevent unauthorized access to this information. You will not receive any “spam” or other undesired communication due to your participation in BC Alert. The only messages you will receive from Brazosport College will be emergency or other urgent information and routine system test messages approximately four times per year. You will only receive alerts, including test messages, if you are a current student or current employee of the college. Test messages to students will typically be sent sometime in the three weeks of classes (following the official reporting date or “12th class day”. The college reserves the right to test the system as often as is required to make sure that important alerts are being delivered.

How do I update my contact information?

For students, the BC Alert database is loaded with data from the student information system. Most students are more familiar with the myBC online registration and grade system which is part of the system. Students are not able to update their contact information themselves. You should contact the Registrar’s office any time your contact information changes. They will then update your records in the system.

For employees, the BC Alert database is loaded from Empower. You should contact the Human Resources office any time your contact information changes.

I am no longer a student at Brazosport College. How do I get out of the BC Alert system?

Once grades have been entered and the semester is considered to have ended, all student records are deleted from the BC Alert database. If you are not a current student and receive an alert, please contact the Information Technology Helpdesk at 979-230-3266 or helpdesk@brazosport.edu for assistance.

What phone number will show up on Caller ID when I receive a call from BC Alert?

When you receive a call you will see the phone number 979-230-3500. You should program this phone into your contacts list on your mobile phone and consider assigning it a special audible ring tone or other alert sound that will be active even if you have your phone on vibrate mode. If you receive an alert, you can call this number to hear a recording containing information about the current alert situation. However, for most situations your best source of current information is the main college web site at www.brazosport.edu. If there is an event which causes a failure of access to the main college web site, there is a special emergency web site at emergency.brazosport.edu.

Will I receive text messages on my mobile phone?

Yes, if your device is capable of receiving text messages, the BC Alert system is designed to use this as one of the methods of delivering alerts.

Can I update my contact information online?

No. At this time all updates must be done by contacting the Registrar’s office. Their offices are located in the downstairs E-Wing at the front of the main building on the main campus. If you change your contact information after the first week of classes, please contact the Information Technology Helpdesk so that we can load your updated information into the BC Alert system.

Employees should contact the Human Resources office to update contact information.

I am visually-impaired or hearing-impaired. How will I receive alerts?

The BC Alert system sends both audio and text alerts via several methods. Visually-impaired or hearing-impaired individuals should find one of the methods suitable. In addition, the system is compatible with TTY Phones.

Are there other types of alerting systems in use on campus?

Yes, Brazosport College has additional alerting systems including fire alarms in most facilities. In addition, the college’s phone system has text and voice alerting capabilities. You may receive alerts from any or all of these systems at the same time depending on the nature of the particular event. Due to the possible lag time in receiving messages from BC Alert, if you receive conflicting information from a fire alarm or via the college phone system, you should rely on the local system for the most up to date information. For example, a BC Alert may be issued warning of a tornado alert. Subsequently, a tornado may disable phone lines or other services and prevent the college from sending out a second BC Alert warning that a tornado has touched down near the campus. You might receive this information via the college telephone system which would also instruct you to shelter in place away from doors and windows.

Other students or employees received an emergency or test message via BC Alert but I did not. What should I do?

You should first check any answering machines or voicemail systems to make sure that you did not simply miss the call or calls. The system will try to contact you multiple times over a period of time so the alert may have been received on one of your other contact methods.

If you don’t find any evidence of a contact at any of your contact locations, please contact the Registrar’s office if you are a student and Human Resources office to make sure that your information is up to date. If your information is correct, please contact the Information Technology Helpdesk at helpdesk@brazosport.edu, 979-230-3266 or in room I-100 on the main campus for assistance.

What should I do if I receive an alert from BC Alert?

Detailed information will usually be included in the alert message. Detailed information about sheltering in place and other typical actions is posted in classrooms and offices throughout the college.

You should also spread the word by telling those around you about the alert you’ve received. It is possible that some people around you did not receive the alert so word of mouth is very important for helping to spread the word.

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