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Moravian College to Test Emergency Notification System
Bethlehem, Pa., January 19, 2009—In keeping with a regular schedule of testing, Moravian College will conduct a campus-wide test of its Emergency Notification System on Thursday, January 22, starting at 11:30 a.m. and finishing by 12:30 p.m. As part of the test, the College will sound a siren followed by a voice recording over the public address system from atop buildings on both the Main Street and Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, informing the campuses of the emergency notification system test. The audible announcement will be followed by a text message sent to cell phones of those registered with Moravian’s e2Campus system.
In addition to the cell phone messages, a number of supplemental internal communications will be implemented, including a message on AMOS (Intranet), the digital signage display in the HURD atrium, and College’s public Internet webpage at www.moravian.edu.
Moravian initiated this notification and communication system in August of 2007 to alert students, faculty, and staff in the event of an emergency as part of an overall program to ensure the safety of the campus community. The four tier system includes a siren/public address speaker, cell phone text messaging, e-mail notification, and posting critical information on the homepage of the College website.
Moravian has installed multiple sirens on the Main Street Campus and the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus on Church Street that are used to initiate the notification system. The College plan calls for the notification sirens to be activated by Campus Safety in the event of an emergency to alert people to check their cell phones. The communication system is contracted through a company called OMNILERT, LLC using their product called e2Campus (http://www.e2campus.com/).
“In the event of an emergency, the system will enable the College to send text messages to the cell phones of registered members of the campus community with information about what is happening and/or what precautions should be taken,” said Sean Tallarico, director of campus safe. “Students and employees may register two cell phone numbers and two e-mail addresses. The College tests the system twice annually: once in September and once in January.”
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college.