June 27, 2007
It’s an alert system that will send out emergency emails and that message will also appear on television screens across campus. UVa recognizes most people have cell phones now and it’s the quickest way to reach most everyone.
“The cell phone is something that people have access to most all the time. It's in their pocket it travels with them its on in most situations,” said Bill Ashby, Associate Dean of Students.
UVa had plans to set-up an alert system to inform the university community of an emergency before the Virginia Tech shootings.
“We'd realized in about the past 18 months that reaching students was not as simple as sending a mass email,” said Ashby.
However, after April 16th they took an even closer look and sped up the process to make sure they protect everyone on grounds.
The alert system is called E-2 and it works like this, if an emergency occurred the same message will be sent to cell phones, email accounts, and flat screens across grounds.
“We've imagined a variety of different scenarios,” said Ashby.
Meaning in a crunch they could quickly send out the message and not wait for someone to type it up.
“Could include a chemical spill, a fire, a sort of facility related problem around the grounds,” said Ashby.
To receive the email or text message you must either be a student, faculty or staff. To sign-up for the alert, one must log on to the website below, fill out a user name and password and information on your cell phone.
Currently only faculty and staff can receive alerts. In the coming weeks students will be able to sign up as well.