Sorry I didn't make that clear. I was reporting the time stamps from the
email header itself. It was sent at 11:33 from [log in to unmask] and arrived at
my MSU mailbox [log in to unmask] at 12:06. No client software, and no
My reading of the headers is that the entire 33-minute delay occurred at the
server smtp.notification.com ([184.108.40.206]). Based on that, an obvious
speculation is that the alert system works through an outside contractor,
and it perhaps can't provide as rapid alerts as we might like. Or maybe I'm
From: Robert Kriegel [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Tuesday, April 06, 2010 2:52 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [MSUNAG] Emergency Warning Anecdote
I received three alert emails from the MSU system. The first was a severe
thunderstorm warning at 11:00 am; the second was the "Tornado Warning for
Ingham County" message at 11:32 am. The last was the all clear, sorry I've
already deleted that one, but it arrived after we had all returned to our
work stations. Our main departmental office received pager and phone
messages from MSU police soon after the E.L.
sirens started to sound. So for Anthony Hall the system worked quite well.
I received the above emails directly from mail.msu.edu to a Eudora client
set to query the mail server every 5 minutes. If there was a significant
delay in receiving your email messages, consider whether you were receiving
them directly or were they being routed to mail.msu.edu and then forwarded
through another mail server, such as Exchange.
Anthony Hall Emergency Team Leader
At 02:22 PM 4/6/2010, you wrote:
>I received the warning email message at 12:06, 33 minutes after it was
>sent, and the all-clear email at 12:10, 20 minutes after it was sent.
>Is there anyone who received the warning before it expired (at 11:45
>for the southern Ingham County part, the closest warning area to us).
>One odd thing about the emails and the siren is that Lansing, East
>Lansing, the MSU campus, etc. were not even part of the area for which
>the warning was issued. I guess whoever manages the siren and the alert
>system is just being cautious. However, couldn't the email system
>include the actual text of the National Weather Service warning, so
>recipients could read the details for themselves?