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Emergency Alerts & Notifications


During emergency situations and for important announcements such as inclement weather and campus closings, NWACC uses three systems to alert students and employees: LiveSafe, BCAlert and Everbridge. Learn more about these systems below.

LiveSafe

The LiveSafe application allows you to take action quickly and easily from your smartphone. From sharing information on concerning behavior to reporting safety hazards, the LiveSafe platform delivers two-way, real time interactions with NWACC's Police and Public Safety Department, This includes location-tagged text, calls and photos. 

LiveSafe allows you, as a member of NWACC's community, to actively contribute to the safety of the campus environment by reporting suspicious activity quickly and easily. It will connect you via phone or two-way chat, so you can use it discretely if needed. NWACC can also use LiveSafe to share emergency notifications to users for important announcements.

You are encouraged to download the FREE LiveSafe app by following these steps:

  • Download the “LiveSafe” app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
  • Register and fill out your profile.
  • Select NWACC.
  • Enable push notifications for LiveSafe
    • It will only send you emergency notifications, never spam. Without push notifications enabled, NWACC can’t send you important emergency messages. 
  • You’re set!

Once you’ve installed the LiveSafe app, make sure to keep it updated so you always receive important notifications and have full access to the app’s functions. 

View PDF for steps on how to add the LiveSafe app to your phone.

BCAlert System (Benton County) 

Benton County has an enhanced BCAlert emergency warning system, which NWACC is authorized to use to convey important messages. BC Alerts is a FREE, publicly available system that allows you to easily and conveniently be forewarned about dangerous weather, notified of an emergency situation, or campus closures.

BCAlert gives you critical information during emergencies, with official notifications from local public safety and emergency managers, both from NWACC and Benton County Emergency Management.

These alerts will tell you where to go, what to do, and how to stay informed and are available by text, email and phone. Because you can receive messages by text on your cell phone, BCAlert may remain functional in times of poor cell phone service, even when you can’t receive a call. 

You are encouraged to sign up for BCAlert by following these steps:

  • Go to www.bcalert.com
  • Click “Sign Up Now!”
  • Create an account by filling in basic information about yourself
  • Select how you want to get alerts, such as on your cell, computer or home phone.
  • Choose the types of emergency alerts you want, ranging from community information, severe weather alerts, to major emergencies.
  • NOTE: Be sure to select “NorthWest Arkansas Community College” under the Benton County Schools and Colleges section so that you will receive NWACC-specific information, including inclement weather closure announcements.
  • You’re set!

Once you’ve created an account, take note of your user name and password.  You can return to BCAlert at any time to change the notifications you receive.  NWACC does not store this information.

View PDF for steps on how to create a BCAlert account.

 

Everbridge (Springdale)

Everbridge Mass Notification system enables those in Springdale to receive notifications/alerts via text message or voice message. This comprehensive notification system keeps everyone informed before, during and after all events.

Everbridge will tell you what to do and how to stay informed in emergency situations occurring in and around the NWACC-Washington County location in Springdale.

How to Sign Up

Visit www.springdalear.gov/425/Sign-Up-for-Alert-Notifications from your smart phone or computer and click the “here” link to sign up for alert notifications and download this free app.

Helpful Tips:

  • Control how many alerts you get by choosing as many or as few alerts as you wish.
  • Sign up for multiple locations (example, your home location, work location and NWACC’s Washington County Center.
  • In addition to your cell phone, you can select to receive notifications on your home phone (voice call) or by e-mail.
  • Update your selections at any time if you would like to receive fewer or more notifications.

View PDF for steps on how to add the LiveSafe app to your phone.

 

Questions?

Questions about BCAlert or LiveSafe? Contact Risk Management Department at riskmanagement@nwacc.edu