Students encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts
Contact: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – Southeastern students are being encouraged to sign up with FirstCall, the university’s provider of text, voice and e-mail alerts used only in emergencies.
“The beginning of the academic year is the perfect time for students to update their information and for others to sign up for the service,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Marvin Yates.
Access to the registration site can be found on Southeastern’s LEONET Web site. Currently more than 14,000 faculty, staff and students have signed up to receive the alerts
He emphasized that the service is used only for actual emergencies and occasional testing and not for routine university announcements. Last year students were notified about campus closures related to Hurricane Gustav and the winter snow storm.
During the week, Student Affairs personnel are staffing tables in the Student Union mall to remind students of the service, as well as to provide information on hurricane procedures and other safety measures the university offers.
This week, Southeastern conducted a test of its emergency alert system, with text, voice and e-mail alerts being sent to all registered users.