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Citadel News Service
14 Feb 2008

The Citadel tests new emergency notification systems

The Citadel has taken a major step toward improving its emergency notification systems. The college has implemented BulldogAlert, an emergency phone and email notification program, and has installed an outdoor warning siren to be used to alert students, faculty and staff in the event of a crisis on campus.

“Today we are forced to prepare for emergency situations that years ago we never could have imagined happening on a school or college campus. After the tragic shooting at Virginia Tech last spring it was critical that we evaluate our emergency response measures and make improvements,” said Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa. “We recognize the important role that immediate communication plays in safety. BulldogAlert will allow us to pass on emergency information to faculty, staff, cadets, graduate college students and parents.”

For the last several months a committee of Citadel employees has been working to develop the enhanced emergency notification system and policy updates for the campus.

BulldogAlert is a Connect-Ed service from The NTI Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation that provides communication systems to local, regional, state, and federal government entities as well as colleges and schools. BulldogAlert allows students to register up to six telephone numbers and two email addresses to receive emergency communications from the college. Students, faculty and staff update their phone numbers and email addresses via the PAWS and WISE campus registration systems.

The campus siren, which was tested for the second time today, will alert the campus of an emergency. Anytime the siren is sounded, students, faculty and staff should move indoors. Emergency communications will follow to inform everyone of the crisis and what steps to take to remain safe and out of harm’s way. Today’s lockdown drill was intended to be a simulation of that.

“This is just one of several steps we are taking to provide a safe educational and working environment here at The Citadel,” Rosa said.

In addition to the siren and BulldogAlert communications, the college already has four emergency call boxes located across campus. These units communicate directly with campus Public Safety. The barracks are equipped with a public address system and locks on all room doors. In addition, locks inspected on all office doors, classrooms and places where people meet and gather on campus and installed or replaced if needed. 

“This is just one of several steps we are taking to provide a safe educational and working environment here at The Citadel,” Rosa said. “We need the help of our faculty, staff and students to make the emergency notification system effective. It will only be as good as the contact information they us. I urge all our constituents to read our material carefully, provide accurate contact information, and prepare in advance by staying informed of our current plans and protocols.

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