CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Officials at UNC-Charlotte say test results of a new student alert system were positive. 

A test message was sent out before 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, reaching thousands of students, faculty and university employees.

"We are ready to send out alerts at any time, 24/7, 365," said UNCC's Director of Emergency Management Chris Gonyar.

The alerts are now sent out as emails, or texts to cell phones, laptops, and PCs.

"We can also take over digital screens across campus. That includes television and computer monitors with an alert," said Gonyar.

Students who spoke with NBC Charlotte's Rad Berky said they had all received the test messages.

"I think it's great that we have that now because we would just get emails before and it's definitely easier to know something is going on now that we have text, too," said freshman Riley MacKenzie.

Students who live off-campus will also get the alerts, as well as university employees like Allie Ewing, who said it was good to know the new system worked.

"We need to know what's going on and I am not always on the phone in the morning," Ewing said.