MSU May Expand Alert System

By: John Tramontana Email
By: John Tramontana Email

MSU isn't doing anything differently after Monday's tragedy, but that may change.

"There is additional technology that we can look at," said University President Lou Ann K. Simon.

She says MSU is constantly looking for ways to improve and keep its students and faculty safe.

"We're going to continue to use it and invest to the extent that we can in order to be as well prepared as we can."

Part of that preparation is the Reverse 911 program.

"It's an interactive telephone system that allows us to call numbers in a quick amount of time and get information out the community," said MUS Police Lt. Susan Busnardo.

In fact, Reverse 911 can reach 18,00 numbers in about 20 minutes. The only problem is, the program only works for on-campus numbers.

"We are in the process of updating our software again," Lt. Busnardo said.

That update could soon incorporate the ability to call cell phones and send text messages. It's a method many students prefer.

Definitely my cell phone. I always have it on me," said freshman Marianna Manikas. "If they could get a hold of everyone that way it's probably be the quickest way."

"That seems like a really great possibility because even if you don't have a cell phone it's likely someone in class with you will," echoed graduate student Brian Holcomb.

There's no timetable for when the university would implement the technology but school officials say it's available. Despite the warnings the school may send, Simon says there's no preparation for Monday's events.

"I don't know of anyone in America ,with the current state of our society, that we can prevent violence."


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