It’s National Preparededness Month, and Southeast Missouri State University has a variety of communication tools available when it is necessary to inform the campus community in an emergency. They include:
• Network messages, which allow Southeast officials to send communication to all University computers almost instantly, informing constituents at the main and regional campuses of severe weather alerts or other emergencies. Those using personal computers connected to the University’s local area network can expect to see, when activated, a message from the network messaging system appear on their office computer’s screen. The Network Messaging system is tested at noon on the first Wednesday of each month.
• Emergency text messages, which are available through an opt-in program. These messages are only sent during situations of urgent need and provide another layer of communication to supplement other communication tools. Southeast students, faculty and staff are eligible to receive these messages by registering at https://app.semo.edu/genl/etm/index.asp.
• Social media accounts, which allow the University to reach large numbers of people via the Web or mobile devices. They may then share the information. Southeast’s primary social media accounts used for emergency communication are:
• Outdoor warning sirens, which can alert those on campus to severe weather. The system can also be voice activated with announcements in case of other emergency situations. Southeast tests its outdoor warning siren/alert system and network messaging system at noon on the first Wednesday of each month.
• The University website at semo.edu. An emergency yellow bar will appear at the top of the Southeast homepage with an announcement linking to more information on an emergency situation or event.
• My Southeast Portal, where emergency messages can be posted in announcements. The portal is accessible to Southeast employees and students by logging in with your Southeast key and password.
• The Newswire, which is an electronic newsletter sent to all employees with activated Southeast email accounts. The Newswire is distributed on a routine schedule but can be disseminated as well by special publication.
• Area media, which includes on-air and online sites of local television and radio stations, and online editions of area newspapers. For a listing of media outlets to which emergency communication is conveyed, visit http://www.semo.edu/emergency/tv-radio.html.
• Audix, which is the campus telephone messaging system. Telephones in faculty and staff offices can be sent a mass emergency message via Audix.
• Building coordinators, who are a network of University staff responsible for specific plans in each University building. Building coordinators are useful for providing specific instruction during serious events if technology fails. They also are useful for sharing information with building members and obtaining feedback from them.