California State University, Long Beach
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Cal State Long Beach Installs New Emergency
Notification System for Students, Employees

As you may already know, earlier this semester CSULB installed the Connect-Ed multi-modal communication service to deliver time-sensitive notifications to its students and employees in emergency situations.

This Emergency Notification System (ENS) will allow the university to broadcast voice messages to cell phones and landlines, text messages to cell phones, PDAs and other text-based devices, written messages to e-mail accounts and messages to TTY/TDD receiving devices for the hearing impaired.

"The importance of the Emergency Notification System is that it adds another important layer to the security efforts we have implemented on the campus," said CSULB President F. King Alexander. "Should an emergency situation arise, whether it's a gunman on campus or an earthquake affecting the region, this system will allow us to immediately communicate with our campus community."

The campus is currently encouraging its students, faculty and staff to enter all of their current contact information into the existing university database, which would be used in the notification process in an emergency, and to indicate the method in which they would prefer to be contacted. Complete instructions on how to enter contact information, as well as information explaining the Emergency Notification System, are available on a university Web site at www.csulb.edu/ens.

CSULB's Emergency Notification System is one part of an extensive communications program that also includes the CSULB Web site, e-mail announcements, toll free emergency information lines and voice mail broadcasts.