College Initiates Campus Emergency Notification System
Release Date: 12/6/2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College
Carroll Community College Offers New
Alert Service to Students, Faculty, and Staff
System Provides Immediate Notification of Campus Emergencies
In an effort to ensure campus communications reach students, staff and faculty on a timely basis wherever they are, Carroll Community College has contracted with a company called e2Campus for emergency message delivery service.
The college will now have the state-of-the-art ability to electronically reach any student who chooses to register their contact information online using the college's website. Once the college officially releases an emergency message, it will be sent instantly and simultaneously to registered cell phones, blackberries, wireless PDAs, pagers, and e-mail of students, faculty, and staff, as well as parents, any time of day or night. This service from e2Campus will also post messages on the college website. Additionally, the message will "pop up" on the computer screen for anyone using Google, Yahoo, or AOL as their home page.
"The safety of our students, faculty and staff is the number one priority at Carroll Community College," said College President Dr. Faye Pappalardo. "We want those who work at and learn on our campus to feel safe and secure here."
"Students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to register. This will be the surest way for you to receive notifications critical to your safety and well-being, as well as other campus information you may want to opt-in to receive," said Alan Schuman, executive vice-president for Administration at the college.
"The college evaluated several vendors and chose e2Campus because of its ease of use" said Ms. Stevie Krumrine, risk manager at the college. "The service e2Campus provides is being used by many colleges and universities by far. This is important because it has a proven performance record. It is now possible to send emergency notifications that are critical to one's safety or to relay vital information in a timely manner."
A comprehensive, college-wide, communications effort has alerted faculty, students, and staff about the new service and the importance of registering to receive alerts.