CSS explains TU-Alert system

Carl Bittenbender addresses the concerns some have about TUalert.

Dear Editor,

As the head of Campus Safety Services, I sometimes get questions from students about the use of the TU-Alert system. I would like to take this opportunity to explain how the system works, when it is used and what you can do to ensure that you will get the alerts.

Like many schools, Temple has instituted a system that allows us to rapidly communicate in cases of significant emergency. The TU-Alert system provides three ways of contacting individuals. In addition to an e-mail that can be sent to everyone with a Temple address, students and employees who sign up for TU-Alerts can also get a text message and a cell phone call.

TU-Alerts are sent when a determination has been made that immediate action is needed because of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or staff on campus. Colleges and universities are adopting this standard across the country as systems like the TU-Alerts become more widespread.

As part of a TU-Alert, you will receive instructions on what action to take, such as “shelter in place” or “avoid this area.” It is vital that you follow these instructions as quickly as possible.

Remember that only those who have signed up get the cell phone call and text message. If you have not yet signed up for the TU-Alert system, this would be a good time to do so. A regular test of the system will be held Feb. 6. Students should go to OWLnet and log in, then click on the “Update Address” tab at the top of the screen. Click on “Emergency Notification” on the left menu and follow the instructions to fill in your information.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank The Temple News for helping us publicize TUrDoor, Temple’s new shuttle service, designed especially for students living near the campus. Your story helped spread the word on another new service students can use at Temple.

Campus Safety Services take the safety of our students very seriously. As always, students who have concerns about their safety should not hesitate to contact Campus Safety Services at 1-1234 for emergencies, or write to police@temple.edu.

Carl Bittenbender
Executive Director of Campus Safety Services

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