Should a major emergency occur on campus – and the most often in our area are weather emergencies – the university has several methods for getting the word out quickly to the campus. All three of the following emergency alert systems are used since no single warning method is 100 percent effective 100 percent of the time.
Outdoor Warning Siren/Public Address
The campus is equipped with an outdoor siren and public address system that can be used in major emergencies. In this part of the country, that is most often used when a tornado warning has been issued for the area. In fact, this triggers an evacuation plan whereby students and visitors are directed to safe places on campus until an all-clear is issued.
InformaCast – Voice over IP Phone Alert
Supporting this is a phone system whereby all telephones on campus emit audible instructions to go to a safe place. All-clear announcements are issued through them as well.
Bison Alert - Text/email messaging system
The university contracts with a specialty firm to provide an opt-in service whereby alerts are sent out via text message to mobile phones, e-mail and/or any personal digital assistance (PDA) device or pager. Or all of the above! There are no fees for this alert although standard messaging rates apply from your mobile provider. To take advantage of this added margin of safety, sign up on myLipscomb.