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Drake Alert Has Been Launched

10/26/2009

(Huntsville, Alabama) – As part of Drake State’s ongoing effort to safeguard students, faculty and staff; the College has implemented a new emergency communications system. Known as Drake Alert, the system allows students, faculty and staff to receive time-sensitive emergency messages by e-mail, voice and text messages. Drake Alert supplements existing means of emergency communication, including outdoor warning sirens and severe weather alert radios. The system will only be used to distribute information regarding emergencies that dictate immediate action.

“We felt that with the growth in our campus community it was prudent to take advantage of the technology now available to us and implement this state of the art communication system. The safety of our students, faculty and staff is a top priority to the administration at Drake State. Drake Alert is another step in protecting the college’s most precious asset – its people,” says Dr. Helen McAlpine, President of Drake State.

Examples of alerts include severe weather, building evacuations, dangers requiring lock-down or shelter-in-place or other emergencies requiring immediate action. The message will provide information about where to go for further information or what action to take. Following a warning, the alert system may be used to provide additional messages or an “all-clear” announcement. The Drake Alert notification system will also be tested on a routine basis to ensure that we are able reach all Drake Alert participants in the event of an emergency.

Everyone who has a Drake State Technical College e-mail address will receive emergency alerts to their campus e-mail address. In order to also receive text and voice message alerts, members of the campus community will be asked to provide phone contact information. While participation in the text and voice messaging notification is optional, enrollment is strongly encouraged.
 

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