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The NIH is expanding its staff emergency notification system capabilities to include text messaging to personal and government furnished cell phones. The expansion will allow better communication after hours including weather related delays or other impacts to the NIH campus and facilities.
If you have signed up for AlertNIH via your NIH Employee Directory (NED) profile and added your personal cell phone you will automatically start receiving AlertNIH messages by text message in addition to telephone calls and e-mails. If you have not yet signed up, you are encouraged to do so. You will only receive system test and real-world emergency messages and your information cannot be used for any other purpose. Government-issued devices and e-mails will continue to receive emergency notifications.
Standard carrier rates will apply to voice, data, and text messages on your personal device. Although not recommended, if you choose not to receive text notifications from AlertNIH on your personal device(s), you have the option to remove personal devices from AlertNIH via the NED portal.
To add or remove AlertNIH methods of contact, log in to your NED account with your NIH ID (PIV) card at and click on the "Update My Record" link on the left side, scroll to the bottom of the update page, then click the AlertNIH "Edit" button. 
For detailed instructions on how to update your NED account and opt in or out of AlertNIH, go to 

For questions, please contact the Office of Research Services, Division of Emergency Management at 301-496-1985 or e-mail questions to

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