When there are major incidents or emergencies that affect a large number of people and that present an immediate threat to health or safety, BCOM as well as NMSU will issue advisories, alerts, or warnings as appropriate and as long as doing so will not impede the public safety response or further endanger lives.
An emergency alert is used when there is immediate danger, while a timely warning is used when there is an ongoing situation or crime trend that may pose a danger, but is not immediately dangerous. Advisories that are not involving an immediate danger may be sent out via e-mail or news media, while those involving immediate danger are usually sent out using the Informacast and/or NMSU Emergency Notification System (ENS). Participation in the Informacast ENS is mandatory for all students and employees at BCOM, with e-mail being the default notification. In order to receive text messages and phone calls, the student or employee must register the appropriate contact information with the IT Department.