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March 4, 2008

Media Contact: Beverley Golden
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The University of Texas at Tyler
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UT Tyler Police Remind Campus to Sign up for Emergency Alerts, Announce Warning System

UT Tyler Police Department Building

The University of Texas at Tyler police department encourages all students, faculty and staff to utilize the campus’ emergency alert text messaging system, Chief Mike Medders announced.

“The service is provided at no cost to the campus community members and anyone else who wishes to sign up, such as parents and spouses. In an emergency situation, text messaging is one of the most effective methods to notify the campus community quickly concerning the nature of the emergency and what action to take,” Chief Medders said.

The text messaging service is in integral component in the university’s procedure to notify the campus during emergencies, so it is very important that everyone participate, he added.

To sign up for the free service, go to www.uttyler.edu/police and follow the link to the sign-up page.

Participants only have to complete the sign-up process once unless they change wireless carriers.

Following the shootings at Virginia Tech University, UT Tyler joined universities across the nation in examining their emergency procedures.

As a result, UT Tyler will install an outdoor audible warning system in April to complement the existing notification methods.

“Text messaging combined with the outdoor warning system, as well as email and Web site alerts, will ensure that the vast majority of campus members are notified quickly during an emergency,” said Chief Medders.

For more information, contact Chief Medders, 903.566.7060.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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