Building on the Institute’s continued efforts to provide a secure environment for all who live, work, learn, and teach at Rensselaer, plans are under way to implement a system to enable mass communication to members of the campus community during crisis situations.
The system, called RPIAlert, will provide critical safety information via a multi-layered approach, according to Jerry Matthews, director of public safety and emergency management. When fully operational, it will allow registered users to receive emergency information via text message, e-mail, and voice mail messages to cell phones, office phones, and other devices.
An audible alert system also is being purchased and installed to provide siren and verbal messages over a loudspeaker system on the Troy campus. These systems will be combined with a new Web site designed to function as the primary source of up-to-date information during an emergency. The new site, which will contain important details about RPIAlert and how to participate, can be found at http://alert.rpi.edu. Presently, members of the campus community may go to the Web site to register their contact information.
“Everyone has a role to play in this effort, and I strongly encourage all members of the Rensselaer community to get involved and to register their contact information with RPIAlert,” said Jerry Matthews, director of public safety and emergency management.
“This new system will allow us to communicate quickly and clearly during an emergency, when time is of the essence,” Matthews said. “A crisis may be sudden and unforeseen, or there may be varying periods of warning. In either situation, knowing what actions to take will save time and help individuals stay safe.
Everyone has a role to play in this effort, and I strongly encourage all members of the Rensselaer community to get involved and to register their contact information with RPIAlert.”
Nearly 90 percent of the members of the incoming Class of 2012 registered their information during the Student Orientation sessions held during July and August. Also, students and staff who attended the annual Rensselaer Union Activities Fair were able to register. To encourage members of the campus community to register with RPIAlert, the Department of Public Safety plans to host additional registration days for students, faculty, and staff during the fall semester.
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