Omnilert has secured a deal with the State University of New York at New Paltz under which the company’s e2Campus mass notification system will be used to send out announcements such as campus closings and delays via text message.
The State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz will use the web-based service to instantly push urgent news and public safety information to the cell phones of students, faculty and staff whether recipients are in class, on campus, or off campus.
e2Campus, which is endorsed by Security On Campus and used by schools across the US, is a mass notification system that enables school officials to self-administer and send time-sensitive messages for a fraction of the cost and complexity of existing notification solutions.
There is no traditional software to install, no hardware to buy and no additional phone lines needed. Recipients with an existing cell phone or email account simply register online to receive the alerts.
Furthermore, according to Omnilert, a school can set up a secure notification system in minutes, and use it to send routine, urgent or emergency notifications to its entire campus community or groups, such as multiple campuses, residence halls, staff-only or sports news.
In order to communicate a delay or cancellation on campus due to weather or any other kind of emergency situation, we currently update at least two different websites, contact a dozen regional media outlets, update our on-campus information line, contact our switchboard operators and Welcome Center greeters, and send emails to the appropriate lists. However, no matter how much outreach we attempt, we still find we get occasional calls from students that say they didn’t know or hear that we delayed or canceled classes, explained Rachel Reuben, director of web communication & strategic projects at SUNY New Paltz.
We realized it was time to look into other solutions – and that’s when we found e2Campus, she continued. We have heavy cell phone, and especially text-messaging, use on our campus, and realized that’s the perfect way to reach our students, faculty and staff.