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Subscribe to VT Alerts

Virginia Tech strongly recommends that all students and employees sign up to receive VT Alerts via a variety of communication channels and doublecheck their contact informational annually. All those with a Virginia Tech PID are automatically enrolled to receive VT Alerts via their email.

Families, friends, community members, vendors, and contractors can also sign up to receive VT Alerts via cellphone.

VT Alerts Overview

VT Alerts is used to communicate critical information with the Virginia Tech community in the event of an emergency on or near Virginia Tech campus locations. VT Alerts are issued when there is a need for community members to take immediate protective action from an immediate threat to the safety or health of the university community; during university closures; or during system-wide tests in the fall and spring semesters.

When a VT Alert is sent out, information is distributed to the community over several channels and platforms, including text messages, phone calls, emails,, the Virginia Tech status page, and social media updates. In addition, on the Blacksburg campus, fire alarm annunciators, electronic message boards, emails to addresses, Desktop Alerts, and outdoor sirens are used.


In addition to Blacksburg, VT Alert regions include Abingdon, Danville, Hampton Roads, National Capital Region (Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Falls Church, Leesburg, Manassas, and Middleburg), Richmond, and Roanoke.

How to subscribe

Those with a Virginia Tech PID will automatically be enrolled to receive VT Alerts via their email. To receive via cell phone (text or voice message), landline, or a non-Virginia Tech email address, students and employees can subscribe here. Subscribers are able to choose up to three preferred contact methods when subscribing. 

To subscribe to VT Alerts:

  • Text HokieFam to 226787*.
  • *For international SMS, text HokieFam to 1-424-322-6787.
  • You will receive a text message confirming your subscription.
  • The alerts will be active until the following May 31. 

More details can be found here.

All visitors to the Virginia Tech Blacksburg campus are able to subscribe to receive real-time VT Alerts to stay informed about Blacksburg campus emergencies. To subscribe:

  • Text HokieVisit to 67283.
  • You will receive a text message confirming your subscription.
  • The alerts will be active for 7 days. All users who subscribe will receive a message with instructions to opt-in again if desired at the end of the 7-day period.

Additional VT Alerts FAQs can be accessed here.


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