VA school announces campus alert system
| 04.24.2007 | 08:00:03 | Views: 3007 | ID:
April 24 '07: William and Mary University has announced a new campus emergency alert system the Daily Press reported. Pending the finalization of the contract, the university's system will "provide the kind of service that college officials believe could make gaps in disaster communication a thing of the past," by using text, cell phone and landline messaging to faculty, staff and students.
The company working with W&M has not been announced because the contract has not been finalized, however the Daily Press reported that "the service provided would send an emergency email, phone call and text message to cell phones and landlines in dorms and classrooms."The announcement of information would come in the form of "an official's voice or off a computer," the Daily Press reported. "There could be a response function added, requesting recipients to press a number in answer to some question. Caller ID could be any text at all. And either the same of different message could be sent to parents." Other state schools in the commonwealth could adopt the system which will be tested later in the fall. The system's installation and maintenance will cost about $3 per person, the Daily Press reported.
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