Seattle U Broadens Emergency Communications

Seattle University in Washington is expanding its emergency notifications with the addition of the e2Campus communication system. According to a Seattle U representative, the university was also busy this summer bolstering its emergency preparedness in other areas.

"The Virginia Tech tragedy served as a sad reminder that in an emergency, rapid communication distributed through many channels can save lives," said Tim Leary, senior vice president of Seattle U, in a prepared statement.

As part of its emergency response program, the university is now using e2Campus and offering emergency alerts and campus closure notices via mobile phone, home phone, and WiFi-enabled devices for students, faculty, and staff.

The university this summer also augmented its security and campus safety programs with simulated emergency response exercises, training for staff and faculty, updated security protocols, and communications with neighborhood groups and local law enforcement. This month the university will also install "enhanced emergency phone stations enabled with area-wide outdoor emergency broadcast capability."

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