Emergency Information and Planning

In the event of any campus emergency, dial 911.

Mesabi Range College Emergency Notification System (Blackboard Connect)

Mesabi Range College (MRC) contracted with Blackboard Connect, an Emergency Notification System. The multimodal service allows MRC officials the ability to send emergency voice messages via: landline, cellular telephone, and e-mail messages when circumstances dictate an alert to issue. The Blackboard Connect system is part of the overall campus emergency plan.

Blackboard Connect is only activated when a situation exists that presents an imminent danger to the campus. An "Imminent danger" is defined to be a situation that threatens the immediate safety of the campus community, is not anticipated, and failure to provide such a warning may result in serious harm. Examples of such emergencies may include: a tornado in the Virginia/Eveleth area, chemical or hazardous material spills, an armed and actively violent person, etc. Blackboard Connect messages are only activated if the situation is determined to be imminent and requires immediate action.

Contact information collected and imputed into the Blackboard Connect system is extracted from information on file in E-Services. The Blackboard Connect system is only used for purposes of emergency communication and will not be sold or used for marketing or any purpose other than emergency communications. "Emergency communications" is defined to be communication that is vital information to help minimize any significant risk to the health and safety of the community.


Blackboard Connect may be initiated by: the Provost, the Dean of Student Services, Director of Public Safety or full time designees.

Blackboard Connect is tested once a semester to ensure the system is in good working order and to assist campus community members with emergency preparedness in the event of an actual emergency.


All Students, Faculty and Staff are automatically enrolled in Blackboard Connect. (Individuals are responsible for providing accurate data. The College assumes no liability or responsibility for improper or outdated data).

Note: Only currently enrolled students and current employees will receive MRC email emergency notifications. The mobile device owner is responsible for any charges associated with voice and text messages.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Here is the Health Dept website:https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html

H1N1 Flu Information

Here is the Health Dept website:http://www.health.state.mn.us