UM Emergency Communication Strategy

In response to changing tactics of violent criminals and recent improvements in technology The University of Montana has developed an emergency mass communication strategy to inform the community of threatening incidents.

This communication strategy is based on measures that overlap and have the ability to accomplish three goals:

  • Provide information about an emergency
  • Provide a location where more information can be obtained
  • Provide a method to recall or send an "All Clear" message

LED MASS EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

The system consists of a radio transmitter capable of sending messages to wireless receivers. Since this is a stand alone transmitter it does not depend on outside resources that can get filled beyond capacity during an emergency. The wireless receivers are LED signs with an audible alert to attract attention to the scrolling text.
LED Display

CELL PHONE TEXT MESSAGE NOTIFICATION

The University of Montana can transmit a mass notification message to any student, staff and faculty who subscribe to this system accessed through Cyberbear.

E-MAIL NOTIFICATION

The Emergency notification system sends an email with emergency information to all ‘umontana’ e-mail addresses.

WEB PAGE BANNER

The same text sent to cell phones is automatically inserted into an “ALERT” banner on the main web page of The University of Montana. Additional space is available on this page for more specific information and a running log of events as incidents develop and more information becomes available.

TWITTER

Messages are posted to the UM Police Department web page: http://www.umt.edu/police