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UMW rolling out new alert system

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The University of Mary Washington will begin using a new emergency alert system in coming weeks.

UMW’s emergency systems integrator Christopher Cash said the new operation, which will ensure alerts reach the entire university community, is part of a push by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Virginia Information Technologies Agency to offer a new statewide contract for emergency services to government agencies.

“The new system will allow us to upload data from the University’s system so that we will know that all students, staff, faculty and contractors are in the system,” he said.

The new alert is also geared toward contacting people, rather than individual devices. Desktop alerts and digital signs, such as television screens at UMW, will also display the information sent out.

The system will be phased into place, first with students, staff and contractors, then with the community. There will be an overlap of the new and old systems so continuous coverage is available.

Students, faculty, staff and contractors will receive an email next week inviting them to sign up from the new system. Others will need to create a new account when the public portal becomes active.


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