ASU Emergency Alert System Up and Running

Jonesboro -- "There will be incidents when we need to communicate real time in a matter of seconds with all faculty, staff, and students," said Mark Hoeting.

Hoeting is the Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice President at ASU.

ASU's new emergency alert system allows a police dispatcher, for example, to enter one message that will be sent via land line phone, campus computers, and even text messaging to those students, faculty, and staff members.

The alert will make them aware of a potentially dangerous situation on campus.

"Essentially, the university's roll is to pro-actively create a solution that will protect the health and human safety of our faculty, staff and students," said Hoeting.

The emergency alert system for the campus has been in the works even before the massacre at Virginia Tech.

It really comes down to preparing for what happens after the unpredictable strikes, minimizing the vulnerability of the students, faculty, and staff.

The service also tells people when they can expect additional information from the school.

"In the event of an unfortunate circumstance where we actually have to use it, and we're not able to reach them via text message, they receive an email copy of the emergency alert.  We try to reach them through two mediums," said Hoeting.

This is a program that students, faculty, and staff have to sign up for.

School officials have looked at other schools implementing this same type of program.

"We took a lot of the best practices of those intuitions and then we tailored those to meet our own needs," said Hoeting.

Certainly, school administrators hope the emergency system never has to be used, but it is a program that will expand as  ASU grows and technology advances.