TCU begins upgrading emergency alert system

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by TERESA WOODARD

WFAA

Posted on September 14, 2012 at 10:15 PM

FORT WORTH -- TCU is in the early phases of adding new tools to its mass-notification system. The university is beginning to install loud speakers, both indoors and outdoors, across campus.

In addition to receiving alerts via phone call, e-mail, or text message, students and staff will be able to hear specific instructions and warnings. The enhancements will also include display screens in buildings.

TCU is having to do some complicated construction work to implement the project, so it could be two years before it's complete. But construction is underway.

Students who have received e-mails about crime alerts in the past say it sounds like a nice addition to campus security.

"Obviously that's good, the safer you are the better it is," said freshman Jake Hoselton. "I think parents will like it a lot."

The University of Texas used all available means to communicate with students during a Friday morning bomb threat that led to a campus evacuation.

UT senior Jesus Coronado happened to be in Fort Worth when he got a text about what was happening on his campus in Austin.

"I'm glad I still knew what was going on," he said.

E-mail twoodard@wfaa.com

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