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January 2008

Release Date: January 14, 2008

ASU Initiates Comprehensive Emergency Notification System

Angelo State University is implementing the ASUAlert, a new communication system that will allow the university to send time-sensitive emergency notifications via voice messages, text messages and ASU e-mail to registered users.

Student sign-up for ASUAlert will begin with the start of spring classes the week of Jan. 14. Students will have the opportunity to provide local home phone numbers, cell phone numbers and text messaging so that they can be reached instantaneously in the event of an emergency. Faculty and staff sign-up began Jan. 7.

The initial sign-up period will run through Jan. 31 and then be followed with a preliminary system test for all registered users at 3 p.m. Feb. 1. All ASU students and employees will be able to update their contact information as they change phone numbers.

In the case of a campus emergency, ASU officials will be able to activate the system and automatically send e-mail messages to all students, faculty and staff. Those who have signed up for the system will also receive phone and text messages.

The ASUAlert system can also be used to notify the campus community of weather emergencies, such as the delay or suspension of classes due to inclement weather.

ASU is contracting with the Connect-Ed, a national provider of emergency communications services, to implement ASUAlert.

Information on ASUAlert is accessible from Angelo State’s Web site ( by clicking on the “Sign up for Emergency Alerts” link.