Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Emergency Notifications via Text/E-mail

Emergency Notifications via Text/E-mail

To receive text or email messages when the university is closed due to severe weather or another emergency, follow these instructions:

If you would like to receive text and email messages, you must be registered. 

To register go to:  https://usm.bbcportal.com/

Click “Sign Me Up!”.

Fill out information and click the box to agree with the Blackboard Connect User Agreement. Then click “Continue”.

The next page that comes up will say a confirmation email has been sent to the email address you previously put in. Go to that email.

There should be an email for your “Account Activation”. Click the link in the email.

This will bring you to a new page that has security questions for you to answer. Answer these questions and press “save”.

On the next page, click “Login”. This will then bring you to a login page. Put in your email address and password you previously entered and login.

Choose your preferred language and click “Next”.

Check the box that says “University of Southern Maine”. You can choose to get the Outreach messages, as well as the Emergency alerts. Click “Next”.

Make sure “Emergency” has a check next to it and “Outreach” if you chose to receive those messages in the previous page. Click “Done”.

Your email will now be sent emergency alerts through the University. If you would like to add your phone number to receive alerts through your phone as well, click “Edit Contact Information” on the right hand side of the page.

Add your phone number, and the preferred way you would like to be contacted (Voice, Text, TTY). Click “Save”.

You should then receive a text message saying you have opted-in to receive messages to your cellular device.

At this point your email is active and you will receive emails (and alerts through your cellular device if signed up) when the university is closed.

For storms projected to begin in the evening or early morning hours, the decision to close is made by 6 a.m., earlier if possible. For storms projected to begin mid-morning or later, the decision to close is made 2 hours prior to closing.