Texas Tech University Launches Emergency Communication System

Texas Tech University has implemented an Emergency Alert Notification System to communicate important alerts and emergency response information to students, faculty and staff.

Texas Tech University has implemented an Emergency Alert Notification System to communicate important alerts and emergency response information to students, faculty and staff.

Jon Whitmore, president of Texas Tech, emphasized that the system is the official campus emergency communications system, and would only be used in critical situations. He assured that no spam, advertising or other types of communication would be sent to students. "It’s crucial that we are able to notify students immediately in emergency situations because up-to-date communication helps minimize the spread of misinformation, restore order and provide direction," Whitmore said.

A test of the system is scheduled for Oct.10 at 10 a.m.

The university is asking that students, faculty and staff submit their current and correct contact information at www.ttu.edu/emergency. Contact information is secure and will only be used for campus emergency notifications and will not be made available to any other service.

The Texas Tech University Emergency Alert Notification System, hosted by Connect-ED and the NTI Group, Inc., enables campus leaders to schedule, send and track personalized voice messages to up to four phone numbers. One of the phone numbers can be designated as text-enabled. Additionally, one of the phone numbers can be selected for TTY/TDD messaging for the hearing impaired.

E-mail alerts will be sent to all active e-raider addresses automatically. It is important to note that the emergency alert notification system is not intended be a personal emergency contact listing to notify family or significant others if students, faculty or staff become ill or injured on or off campus.

"Today we are forced to prepare for emergency situations that years ago we never could have anticipated," Whitmore said. "We recognize the essential role immediate communication plays in safety and have selected Connect-ED because of its successful track record and capabilities that allow us to keep students and staff informed whether they are in their dorms, sitting in front of their computers or on their way to class."

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Contact: Margaret Lutherer, executive director, Office of Communications and Marketing, (806) 742-2136 or margaret.lutherer@ttu.edu. For more information about the Connect-Ed service, visit http://www.ntigroup.com.