Alma College Implements Emergency Notification System
Alma College has implemented a new campus emergency notification
system that gives College officials the ability to reach students,
faculty and staff with immediate, time-sensitive information during a
During critical situations, Alma College officials will be able to communicate pertinent information and provide details on appropriate responses using voice messages to home, work and cell phones; text messages to cell phones, PDAs and other text-based devices; written messages to e-mail accounts; and messages to TTY/TDD receiving devices for the hearing impaired.
“Colleges and universities today are forced to prepare for emergency situations that years ago we never could have anticipated happening,” said Jerry Scoby, vice president for finance and administration. “We have spent considerable time over the last year updating and testing our emergency plan and thinking strategically about how the College should respond to weather-related emergencies as well as other kinds of major crises.
“We recognize the important role that immediate communication plays in safety and have selected Connect-ED, a notification system produced by The NTI Group, because of its successful track record and capability to reach campus community members simultaneously via landlines, cell phone, e-mail and text messages. It allows us to keep students, faculty and staff informed whether they are in their residence halls, sitting in front of their computers, in class, or on their way to class,” he said.
The service enables College officials to schedule, send and track personalized messages to up to six phone numbers — including both landlines and cell phones — two e-mail addresses and a mobile number representing a text messaging service for every student and faculty and staff member who agree to participate.
“It’s crucial that we are able to notify students, faculty and staff immediately in emergency situations because up-to-date communication helps provide direction, restore order, and minimize the spread of misinformation,” said Scoby.
Alma College joins more than 150 other colleges and universities that are using the Connect-ED emergency notification system.
The College also has installed emergency notification sirens on the Dunning Memorial Chapel steeple and at Klenk Park on Charles Road. The sirens will alert students, faculty and staff — including those on athletic practice fields and those moving about on campus — of a pending emergency.
The College’s updated Emergency Response Plan, finalized in January, provides guidelines for responding to most potential campus emergencies. The plan identifies the crisis management team, lists roles and responsibilities of campus administrators in the event of an emergency, provides a framework for responding to major crises, offers protocols for selected emergencies, and makes available a campus wide communication tree.
Posted: Mon, July 28th, 2008 at 3:46PM