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OmnilertAug 19, 2010 9:27:53 AM3 min read

Colleges Using Summer Months to Upgrade Emergency Notification Systems

More schools now prepared to issue multimodal alerts from a single interface.



Some of the schools implementing e2Campus this summer include Augsburg College, Ave Maria School of Law, Central Texas College, Centralia College, Chattahoochee Technical College, Elmira College, Franklin Pierce University, Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Graduate Theological Union, Hanover College, Lynchburg College, Palo Alto University, Spartanburg Methodist College, Wade College, Western Seminary, Wor-Wic Community College, and others.


David Leavitt, director of information technology for Palo Alto University, said, “We have four branch campuses and were having problems getting urgent information to the community for things like power outages, email outages, road closures, campus closures, and things like that. To solve this, we implemented e2Campus because it is easy to use, was the most affordable, and came highly recommended to us by another school.


“The thing I like best about e2Campus is its ease of use. As an admin, it was very easy and quick to set up. Within an hour, we had most of the groups predefined and ready to go. It’s also really easy for the end users to use, and that is going to save me a lot of time by not having to train end users on how to use the system. The end users can sign up for themselves.


“The ease of use and out-of-the-box system defaults basically makes the system manage itself and I really enjoy that. It takes a lot of overhead out of the IT department. You should really consider e2Campus if you are looking for an all-in-one messaging system that is really easy to use and basically allows you to communicate with your whole community in multiple ways.”


Colleges are increasingly recognizing the importance of reaching their campus communities via multiple communications means including text messages, voice, signage, social media, public address systems, desktop alerts, and others to keep their campuses safe and informed during an emergency. e2Campus has made it possible to send to all of these technologies and receive delivery information via one web-based interface.


“Hanover College’s partnership with e2Campus gives us the capability to send alerts to our campus community more quickly and efficiently," said, Rhonda L. Burch, director of communications and marketing for Hanover College. "Over 1/3 of our faculty and staff and 94% of our students reside on campus. With a close-knit community such as ours, it is imperative that we are able to alert our constituents as soon as possible in the event of a crisis. The technology and service of e2Campus allows us to do that.”