Marietta College uses the Pioneer Alert Network to quickly contact you during a major crisis or emergency. Pioneer Alert delivers important emergency alerts, notifications and updates to all the devices you choose to register:
- cell phone (via SMS/texting)
- email account (work, home, other)
- smartphone/PDA (BlackBerry, Treo & and other handhelds)
- wall radios mounted in buildings around campus
You Must Register to Receive Pioneer Alerts
When an incident or emergency occurs, authorized senders will notify you using Pioneer Alert. Pioneer Alert is your connection to real-time updates, instructions on where to go, what to do, or what not to do, as well as instructions on where to find more detailed information.
Marietta College will also use the Campus Announcements system to post up-to-the-minute details about any changes in the emergency. In some cases, the home page of the college website will be changed to publicize the emergency.
Additionally, Marietta College offers safety and security education and awareness programs throughout the year. Information on these programs is distributed to the College community through campus announcements, flyers, bulletins, crime alerts, posters, brochures, the student news media, and employee newsletters. Programs include sexual assault awareness, alcohol abuse, personal safety, vehicle safety, fire safety, and preventing crime on campus.
If you have an emergency, dial ext. 3333 from any campus phone. Emergency call boxes are located across campus.
To request a Campus Escort or Motorist Assistance, or to report a Lost Item, please call ext. 4611.
- College Police
- Gathering Place Building
- 127 1/2 North Seventh Street
- Marietta, OH 45750
- Office: ext. 4611
- (740) 376-4611
- To Call College Police from off-campus:
- Dial (740) 376-3333
- Or call Marietta Police Department:
- 911 for emergency
- (740) 376-7070, Ext. 0
- To Report a Crime
Pioneer Alert Frequently Asked Questions
What is Pioneer Alert?
Pioneer Alert is Marietta College’s emergency alert system, which is an online software application used to send emergency alerts, notifications and updates to your cell phone, pager, BlackBerry, PDA and/or e-mail account, as well as to the wall-mounted radios around campus. In the event of an emergency, such as a fire or September 11th- type attack, Marietta College will be able to send important alerts and updates right to your cell phone or mobile device.
How do I Register for Pioneer Alert?
Students, Faculty and College Employees can register for Pioneer Alert by logging in to the MyMarietta Portal, clicking the "User Account" link in the Web Advisor section (left side of the Portal Landing page, under the Calendar) and then clicking the "Emergency Information" link. You will be taken to a page where you can enter your contact information. Once you have finished entering your contact information, click "submit" at the bottom of the page. You will automatically be registered for Pioneer Alert after submitting your information. To register now, Click Here. (You will be taken to the registration page after logging in.)
What is a Pioneer Alert Account
Each person may sign up for a Pioneer Alert account. You can add multiple devices (cell phones, pagers, PDAs) to a Pioneer Alert account. Alerts can be sent to all devices listed in your Pioneer Alert account.
How does Pioneer Alert work?
In an emergency situation an alert will be sent by one of Marietta College’s Pioneer Alert administrators and you will receive several text messages on your cell phone or mobile device. Read these messages promptly and follow the instructions. Additional instructions may follow throughout the emergency situation so keep your phone near you. Even if the cell phones are busy, the messages should still come through to your phone. If you do not enter a phone/device number in the "Text Message" field when registering, you will not receive text messages. Your phone/device will receive an audio alert instead.
Who sends out alerts?
Marietta College has designated several people to send out alerts. These alerts may go out to everyone or selected groups of individuals, depending on the type of alert.
What types of alerts will be sent?
Alert types may include life safety, fire, weather, accidents involving utilities or roadways, team activation notifications, or disaster notification such as a terrorist attack. A few examples of the types of messages that can be sent through Pioneer Alert are:
- Marietta College will notify you of the location of the nearest emergency shelter, available bed space, and hours of operation during a crisis;
- Marietta College will notify you of available evacuation routes during an emergency;
- Marietta College will activate special teams within the community, based upon an event
- Severe weather warnings (floods, snow storms, etc.)
- Change in the Homeland Security Advisory System terror alert level
- Precautionary evacuation order if on high alert
Will my cell phone work?
Pioneer Alert uses the text messaging (SMS network) feature of your cell phone to deliver alerts. The alerts come across like a page on a pager. All cell phone carriers and paging companies offer text messaging. Nearly all phones purchased within the past few years are text messaging capable, although there may be additional charges for using the service. If you are unsure, contact your carrier to ask about your phone and text messaging.
What is text messaging and how do I sign up for it?
Text messages are short messages sent to your phone, similar to receiving a page. Each message contains between 100 and 140 characters, or about 10 words, depending upon your carrier. An example of a text message is the notification you receive on your phone when you have new voicemail. Many carriers activate the service automatically. You should check with your carrier to make sure your text messaging is active.
How many devices/e-mail addresses can I add to my account?
Your campus phone number (if you have one) and your campus e-mail are automatically included. You may have an additional three phone numbers, one text device, one e-mail address (that’s not your College address) and an emergency contact person and phone number for Pioneer Alert.