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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Star Alert

Students, faculty and staff are now signing up for a new wireless emergency notification system that will use text and e-mail messaging to inform them of campus-related emergencies. With Star Alert™, registrants will receive emergency alerts on any cell phones and personal e-mail addresses they provide, as well as those of significant others, such as parents, they’d like notified.

St. Cloud State is one of two institutions in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system piloting Star Alert, which will eventually be rolled out to all 32 schools in the system.

Because no one system is capable of reaching everyone, everywhere, every time, a variety of mechanisms are used to alert the campus community to emergencies. In addition to Star Alert, notification can be via the university Web site, e-mail messages to university addresses, phone messages, and messages on campus closed circuit TVs. Everyone also has access to www., which outlines steps to take in the event of emergencies ranging from tornado warnings to hostile confrontations.

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