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HECM Alert — Notification Methods

To learn what you should do in case of an emergency at Texas A&M Higher Education Center at McAllen (HECM), visit In an actual emergency, Texas A&M McAllen will post additional emergency updates and announcements to their home page as they become available. Texas A&M HECM will also communicate important emergency information with local television and radio outlets.

Text Message

Text messaging is a faster notification method than email, so we encourage campus members to register for text message alerts. Texas A&M HECM students, faculty and staff who have a Texas A&M NetID and password can register one number to receive SMS text message alerts. You must sign up to receive text message alerts.

Texas A&M Email

HECM Alerts will automatically be sent to all Texas A&M Gmail accounts ending with "" and Texas A&M Exchange email addresses. Recent tests indicate text messaging is a faster notification method than email, so we encourage campus members to register for text message alerts and Texas A&M Exchange accounts managed by the Division of Information Technology.


Anyone can receive HECM Alerts on their computer by subscribing to the HECM Alert RSS feed. You can receive the alerts through your email client (Microsoft Outlook or Novell GroupWise), various news readers (My Yahoo, Feedly and Flipboard.) or your Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, etc.).

To learn how to set up RSS to receive HECM Alerts, click Public Access. If you need someone to walk you through the set-up process, call Help Desk Central at 979.845.8300.

Computer Alerts

Texas A&M University students, faculty and staff can receive HECM Alert computer messages by installing the Desktop Notifier on personal computers or laptops. The alerts will be received on computers connected to the internet. The Desktop Notifier is enabled on classroom computers and computers managed by the Open Access Labs. Contact your IT support staff to see whether you have the Desktop Notifier installed on your university-owned computer.

Mobile App for Android and iOS devices

Anyone with an Android or iOS device can download the free HECM Alert Mobile App to receive alerts and access additional safety features and campus-emergency information. The HECM Alert App requires a data connection in order to receive push notifications. View all HECM Alert App features.