University of Colorado to expand campus alerts

Electronic emergency message boards and a public address system soon could augment the emergency text alert system already in place at the University of Colorado at Boulder, reports the Denver Post. The new security tools would be placed in dorms and at busy campus gathering sites to alert students, faculty, and staff if an emergency occurs. "What you really need is redundancy on a large and small scale," university spokesman Bronson Hilliard said of the plan. Shortly after the spring 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech University, officials at CU and other campuses in Colorado began exploring ways to beef up security and increase campus safety. The CU Alert System, a cell-phone text message emergency alert program, was created to alert CU’s student body. As of last week, 14,600 students, faculty members, and staffers out of CU’s population of 36,000 had subscribed to the alert program. "It’s a huge percentage, and we’re very pleased," Hilliard said.
Electronic message boards and a new public address system would add to that…

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