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Loras College starts "Emergency Notification System"

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Loras College in Dubuque is implementing a new emergency notification system to alert students, faculty and staff within minutes of a situation or incident.

The school announced Friday that is successfully tested the rapid, multi-modal Connect-ED® communication service from Blackboard Connect Inc. campus-wide on Wednesday.

A Loras College news release says the system allows campus administrators and security professionals the ability to reach the Loras community with information and updates during unforeseen events or emergencies through phone calls, e-mails and/or text messages. 

The Connect-ED service enables campus leaders to schedule, send and track personalized voice messages to up to six phone numbers per person and immediately sends messages via four different modes of communication:

  • Voice messages to home phones, work phones, cell phones, and even e-mail addresses
  • Text messages to cell phones and PDAs
  • Text messages to e-mail accounts
  • Messages to TTY/TDD receiving devices for the hearing impaired

"Being able to communicate essential information in a variety of ways to our campus community is very important to us," said Arthur Sunleaf, associate vice president for student development and dean of students. "We are pleased to have our first test of the emergency notification system work successfully. Of course, it is something we hope we don't need to use often, but Loras has implemented a best practice for sharing emergency communication."

The school is urging students, faculty and staff to enter multiple contact points into the Connect-Ed database to ensure they receive these important alerts. They also have the ability to enter family members' contact numbers so they can be made aware in the case of an emergency as well.

Online Producer:  JJ Murray

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