by Pamela Young, Published January 30, 2012
YPSILANTI: Eastern Michigan University recently conducted a test of its mass notification & emergency communication system (MNEC) that would be used in the event of an actual emergency situation on campus. The test was publicized in advance.
The EMU Department of Public Safety and the Division of Communications triggered the test Jan. 27 at noon. The University's text alert system (Rave Mobile), the outdoor speaker arrays and the in-building speakers were all tested.
"We addressed our key test objective of being able to successfully initiate the system to promptly alert and notify the Eastern Michigan University campus community," said Robert Heighes, interim chief of the Department of Public Safety.
"The text messaging and speaker systems are effective tools for providing a timely warning when situations occur that could affect health and safety on campus. I strongly encourage anyone who has not yet signed up for the text alerting to do so."
This was the first of two tests scheduled during 2012. The fall test will be September 28 at noon.
A copy of the test results is available by contacting the Emergency Management Office at 734-487-0799 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.