New portal improves police alert, notification system
As part of its continued efforts to improve campus safety, MSU Police are unveiling a new portal for its alert and notification system that gives users both on- and off-campus more flexibility in how they receive information during a threat or emergency.
The portal, which can be found at alert.msu.edu, allows users to easily review, add and modify existing contact information and/or manage the ways in which they receive emergency and outreach messages.
Users automatically are set to receive emergency notifications, which are urgent messages asking people to take specific actions. Users also can receive outreach messages, which are important notifications given during non-emergency situations.
In addition to all members of the campus community, those outside of campus, such as parents and nearby residents, also can sign up for alerts and notifications.
In the coming weeks, MSU police also are implementing a new “one-button” alert system that allows them to make notifications even quicker. That system will allow a basic emergency message to be sent in seconds, until a more detailed message can be crafted. That system is scheduled to be active by March 1.
MSU also is finalizing a mass notification outdoor speaker system on the main campus. The new speakers will replace current siren technology and allow for the launching of either a severe weather warning siren and/or an audible message detailing actions to take. The speaker system is scheduled to be ready by April 1.