Belmont University recently launched an Instant Alert System that allows students, faculty and staff to receive immediate notification in the event of an on-campus emergency or unscheduled university closing due to, for instance, severe weather. Dobie Mobile—a locally-owned company that provides the software, technology and maintenance for organizations to send out text alerts—is providing the service to the Belmont campus.
The university has been exploring options for instant alert notification for more than a year, and since its launch in mid-August the system has received a strong response. After only one-week of classes, more than 20 percent of the 5,000 students and employees on campus have already signed up for Instant Alert.
Signing up for the system is quick and easy. After signing into the bic.belmont.edu Web site, look for a “Sign Up Now” for instant alert link that sits at the top of the page beneath the “My Campus and Academic Department Messages” subheading. Clicking on the link will take users immediately to the instant alert Web site where they can fill out the short sign-up form. The other sign-up option requires texting the word Belmont to the number 27538 from the user’s cell phone.
To view an in-depth report of the Instant Alert system from local TV station WKRN/News 2, click here.
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