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The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and Tufts Technology Services (TTS) are pleased to announce a public beta testing period of a new way to receive emergency alert messages directly on your computer screen – Alertus Desktop Alert. OEM and TTS invite members of the Tufts community to install this software and provide feedback while we work to develop the service for wider use.

Desktop alerting test example

Example desktop alert message filling the entire computer screen.

Alertus Desktop Alert running on your Mac or Windows computer can display a TuftsAlert message on your computer screen, and may be faster than text messaging, email, or telephone.

  • Since this is a beta service, while we strive to provide reliable performance, there may be hiccups or interruptions, and alert delivery is not guaranteed.
  • Alerts for any campus will be sent to desktop alerting clients on all campuses. This is different from TuftsAlert, which only sends you alerts for your primary campus and subscribed opt-in campuses.
  • Desktop alerting is one in an array of methods to spread critical information, and it remains important to keep your contact info up to date in TuftsAlert.

Install on a University-owned computer

Please contact the TTS Service Desk to request installation of the software on your university-owned computer.

Install on a personally-owned computer

519672-178_Download-128 Download for macOS

System requirements for Mac computers

  • macOS Leopard (10.5) or later – macOS Sierra (10.12) supported
  • 1 MB free disk space
  • Network connectivity to the internet or Tufts data network

519672-178_Download-128 Download for Windows

System requirements for Windows computers

  • Windows 7, 8, or 10 with .NET 4.5+ installed (installer will prompt to install .NET if not present)
  • ~20 MB free disk space
  • Network connectivity to the internet or Tufts data network