Can the University find you in an emergency?

For several years the University has had the ability to send out emergency messages through the most popular (and quickest) conduit–texting. If you register your cellphone number with the emergency messaging system, you can receive a text when a message goes out about, say, a snow day (or an electrical holiday, like we had a couple of weeks ago).
And, of course, if God forbid, there should be a real emergency (tornado, shooter, bomb threat) you would get the message within a minute or two of it being sent out (assuming your phone is capable of receiving texts, which most are these days).

Go here to learn about how to set this up–it only takes a few clicks and keystrokes.

One Reply to “Can the University find you in an emergency?”

  1. The university must weigh the benefit of texting about weather emergencies with the risks of texting about weather emergencies. If the university is to send out a text-message letting students and employees know that the university is closed due to a snow emergency or a tornado warning, it should do so at a time when students and employees are most likely not to be driving a vehicle, or do so when students and employees are most likely not to be driving a vehicle in rush-hour traffic.

    Sending out a school-closing text-message to someone who is driving on a freeway in a storm in rush-hour traffic could cause off-campus accidents, injuries, or worse. I can see a student driving a motor vehicle getting a text message that school is closed and forwarding the text to three classmates who might also be on their way to school in the same storm.

    While the text alert is quick and easy, it would be in the best interest of students and employees that such messages not be sent via text-message during peak traffic times to avoid text-message-contributed road accidents.

    Best to get word out to the radio stations about closings during rush hour than to distract hundreds of folks commuting to campus on the interstates in snowstorms or windstorms. Before I leave my house for class on days when school could be closed, I generally check my Wayne email first and then if I can’t find word of a closing there I check Public Safety’s Twitter and Facebook feeds. If I find no news online, the radio is tuned to WWJ 950 during my commute to campus, from which I can not only learn about a last-minute school-closing but can also learn of traffic accidents on my route that might delay my arrival to class, and they update that info ‘every ten minutes on the eights’.

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