Kansas State Puts Emergency Alert System To The Test

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- If there is ever a dangerous situation on K-State's campus or a severe weather threat, the university has a multi-layer system to get the word out- a system that was put to the test Tuesday across campus.

In the event of an actual emergency, officials needs to make sure that alert notifications are received by thousands of students, faculty members and staff. To do that, they send out the messages using the "K-State Alerts" system.

The system gives campus authorities the ability to communicate emergency information quickly to the university community using a number of different channels.

On Monday morning, authorities issued the alert test via text messaging, automated phone calls, e-mail to all K-State accounts and the alert beacons in various buildings on both the Manhattan and Salina campuses. Tornado sirens with voice communication and public address system atop Anderson Hall were also tested. Emergency information was also posted to the university's home page.

"Each year, we test our emergency alert systems to make sure that when there is a true emergency, the alerts go out efficiently and correctly to our community. We test with our text massaging. We also use our alert boxes, our PA announcers that run over the tornado sirens here on campus and also through our phone systems. We have a system to notify our campus community... When there is an emergency or life safety issue on campus such as severe weather or a tragedy on campus, we try to notify people through a multi-layer system and that's why there's so many different methods of communication," explained Captain Don Stubbings with the Kansas State University Police Department.

The university also updated its social media sites with the alert.

"It's something we not only collaborate on with our Public Safety Department but also our IT Department and Communications and Marketing Department and we work together and have an effective system that broadcasts the emergency alerts and other information," Stubbings added.

You can sign up for automated K-State alerts on the university's website at: http://www.k-state.edu/safety/alerts/ .

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