Magazine On-line [fall 2007]
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Transylvania Upgrades Emergency Alert Systems

In the wake of the tragedy at Virginia Tech University last spring, Transylvania has enhanced its campus safety procedures to provide a more comprehensive emergency alert system to warn the community of any potential life-threatening situation.

In any such emergency, messages will be sent quickly through a newly installed public address system located in and around buildings on campus, a pop-up message will appear on the University’s Web site, a text message will go out to registered cell phones, and an e-mail will be sent to all students, faculty, and staff. Follow-up information will be sent via e-mail and on the University’s Web page. All of these systems have been tested recently, with positive results.

“All areas of the campus community have been involved in a comprehensive analysis of our ability to communicate rapidly and effectively with students, faculty, and staff in the event of a life-threatening situation,” said Dean of Students Mike Vetter. “We are confident that the steps we have taken provide a very effective means of communication during the earliest signs of a possible emergency.”

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