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Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated June 20, 2013


What is Miami Dade College Alerts? back to top

Miami Dade College Alerts is the College's emergency notification system. All current students and employees are required to participate. If there is an emergency that threatens life safety on a campus and/or severely impacts normal college operations, college officials will warn the campus communities using one or more of the following methods:

  • www.mdc.edu/alerts
  • Text Messages
  • E-mail
  • Student Hotline (305) 237-7500
  • Employee Hotline (305) 237-7505
  • Voicemail Messages
  • Local TV Media
  • Local Radio Media

Under what circumstances will the college use Miami Dade College Alerts? back to top

Miami Dade College Alerts will be activated during emergencies that threaten life safety on a campus and/or severely impacts normal college operations. College officials may also test the different notification methods of Miami Dade College Alerts at least once per semester to ensure the system is working properly.


How do I confirm and update my contact information for Miami Dade College Alerts? back to top

Students and employees are able update their emergency notification information at any time by updating their personnel records. A Miami Dade College user name and password are needed to access these links.


I am an employee at Miami Dade College. Does registering for Miami Dade College Alerts automatically
update my emergency contact information in my personal records folder on the employee portal? back to top

NO. Registering for Miami Dade College Alerts will not alter the emergency contact information listed in your personal records folder on the employee portal.


Is there a charge for registering to receive messages via Miami Dade College Alerts? back to top

Miami Dade College Alerts is a free service provided by Miami Dade College in partnership with Miami-Dade County. However, if you register your cell phone, your cellular service provider may charge you for receiving text messages (SMS). Check your service agreement for details. Service costs from your cellular provider are your responsibility.


Why is Miami Dade College sending a text-message and not calling me?back to top

By using Short Message Service (SMS) text messaging capabilities, college officials can notify the ENTIRE campus population in just a few minutes no matter where they are located. Attempting to call everyone could take hours. This is an important factor especially during a time sensitive emergency. Text messages sent via Miami Dade College Alerts will be short and are meant to make students and employees aware that there is an emergency and direct them to other college methods of emergency notification for more information.


I don't want to receive messages from Miami Dade College Alerts. How do I unsubscribe? back to top

All current students and employees are required to participate. Your Miami Dade College e-mail address is automatically uploaded into the system and cannot be unsubscribed.  You will receive alerts only during those terms when you are registered for class or employed by the college.


Can family members or visitors of the College subscribe to Miami Dade College Alerts? back to top

No, only students, faculty, and staff with active MDC accounts are entered into the MDCAlert system’s primary notification methods (text, voice calling, and e-mail). Allowing family members, friends, or the general public to register could potentially slow the overall speed at which the system sends emergency messages. Family members, friends, and visitors are encouraged to like Miami Dade College on FaceBook or Follow MDC Alerts on Twitter:

  • Facebook: Like Miami Dade College at https://www.facebook.com/mdcollege. While this page will broadcast emergency alerts in the event of an incident, it is not intended to serve as a primary communication method.
  • Twitter: Follow @MDCAlert at https://twitter.com/MDCAlert. While this page will broadcast emergency alerts in the event of an incident, it is not intended to serve as a primary communication method.

How do I acquire additional information about Miami Dade College Alerts or report
a problem with the system? back to top

Please email any additional questions or report problems to mdcalerts@mdc.edu.




Miami Dade College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Miami Dade College.
Miami Dade College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, marital status, age, religion, national origin,
disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or genetic information. Contact the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs/ADA Coordinator, at 305.237.2577 for information.