Casper College Launches CC Alert System
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Casper College in Wyoming is launching a new emergency alert system from Inspiron Logistics. Casper College (CC) Alert uses the company's Wireless Emergency Notification System to deliver text, e-mail, and voice messages to subscribers about weather-related school closings and public safety threats.
"The new CC Alert system is designed to save critical time in getting out emergency information to the campus community," said Richard Fujita, college relations director. "We can now get information directly to the people who need it within a minute or two. Regardless of whether the emergency is a severe storm or a dangerous person, we can keep people updated wherever they are."
The service was selected from among several dozen similar systems by a campus committee, led by Campus Security Director Lance Jones, the college said.
According to a FAQ posted on the college's Web site, the alerts will be used during emergencies "that threaten life, safety, or property and/or severely impact normal campus/college operations." Subscribers can also choose to receive weather warnings based on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration information for severe thunderstorms, winter storms, flash floods, and tornadoes.
The college said it plans to conduct a monthly test message to confirm that the system is operating properly.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.