Get Ready for Fall & Winter Weather

A test Boxer Alert was sent at noon Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. It was only a test. 

Did you receive the message? On time?

All students and employees are automatically enrolled in the Boxer Alert emergency notification system, which sends text and email alerts in the event of an emergency, imminent threat or — far more often — disruptions due to inclement weather.

If you did not receive the message — or it was delayed — that may mean that you need to update your contact information in the Boxer Alert system. 

It is particularly important to log into Boxer Alerts to identify your cell phone carrier information. This is not automatically added when you become a student or employee. If your carrier information is not in the system, your text alert may be delayed.

Update Your Information

Log into Boxer Alerts with your PUNetID to check and update your contact information for Boxer Alerts. You may update, remove or add additional cell phone numbers and/or email addresses. Be sure to include your cell phone carrier information to ensure that you get Boxer Alerts immediately.

Prepare for Fall & Winter Weather

The most frequent use of Boxer Alerts is to notify the university community of operational changes or closures due to inclement weather conditions.

Among the conditions we often see starting this time of year are heavy rains, high winds, snow, and ice — all of which can lead to power outages or hazardous road and travel conditions.

Plan ahead for fall and winter weather with these general preparedness tips on Pacific’s Emergency Management webpages.

Fall and winter weather also can lead to falling tree branches. Pacific has campus trees inspected by an arborist on a regular basis, but people should always use care when walking under and around large trees during extreme weather.

What to Expect

Pacific’s Inclement Weather Plan (Incident Annex IA-1) serves as a guide for the Incident Management Team to assess conditions on Pacific’s campuses and make recommendations regarding any operational changes based on those conditions.

The Incident Management Team — representatives from Facilities, Business Continuity & Emergency Management, Marketing & Communications, and the vice president of Finance & Administration — monitor conditions and forecast, and they make every effort to plan as early as possible. The team also considers impacts on Pacific’s various locations and may make recommendations specific to one or multiple regions.

Faculty, staff and students should also be proactive about planning.

  • If a campus or the university as a whole is closed due to weather, individual departments may determine if online classes or remote work is an appropriate alternative. Programs and faculty members are encouraged to monitor forecasts and communicate alternative plans in advance whenever possible.
  • If the university is open but an individual is unable to safely travel to campus, contact your supervisor or faculty member. Individuals are not expected to take personal risk to travel to campus.

A Boxer Alert will be sent in the case of a closure or other significant change to university operations. A Boxer Alert is not sent when there is no change to operations. Additional information is typically available in an alert bar on the website, on MyPacific webpages for employees and students, or on the Business Continuity & Emergency Management webpages.

Friday, Nov. 4, 2022