Utah State Safe Makes Safety More Accessible
Utah Public Radio Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2019
After the False Code Blue sent out last spring at Utah State, there have been many changes to the emergency notification system for students, faculty, and families. UPR’s Meghan Nelson was able to talk to Utah State University’s public safety department to find out more. Last spring, while trying to work on the emergency alert system, Utah State University sent out a false active shooter alert to students, faculty, and families. The university’s Executive Director of Public Safety, Earl Morris, explained that the institution has since made it their goal to finalize updates for a better emergency alert system. ... The university has created a new app called Utah State Safe. Anyone who registers and downloads the app will be able to receive Code Clue alerts, and use the other safety features at any moment. “The app really creates kind of an essential focal point for safety on campus everything that you might need in regards to safety is going to be on the app and were also adding additional features" said Amanda DeRito, Utah State’s Director of Crisis Communication and Issue Management. ... Although the university will still be sending out Code Blue alerts through email and text message, the Utah State Safe app runs off of Wi-Fi or cell service, which makes it more accessible than the Code Blue alerts ever were before.