SEPTEMBER 17, 2007

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Emergency notification system now available at SWOSU

Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford and Sayre has recently adopted a new notification system that enables SWOSU to send emergency news to cell phones.

The notification system will be used to communicate important information during any potential emergency, such as a homeland security advisory or weather warning.

Rick Bolar, director of public safety at SWOSU, said the free service is for university employees and students. Once the person signs up for the service, SWOSU will be able to text message the cell phone with timely information about emergencies.

The new system, powered by e2Campus, enables SWOSU officials to send instant alerts directly to registered subscribers’ email accounts and mobile phones via SMS text messages. Bolar said SWOSU plans to use the system only for emergency situations.

Depending on the person’s cell phone plan, there may be a nominal fee from the carrier to receive text messages, but there is no charge from SWOSU to use the service.

Contact: Brian Adler, SWOSU, brian.adler@swosu.edu