LOGAN – Last summer, Utah State University contracted with a new vendor to provide an emergency notification system and this week it gets its first test on campus.
Ellis Bruch, USU director of emergency management, said the biggest concern in any campus emergency is life safety.
”The sooner we can notify our faculty, staff and students, the quicker response we’re going to get from them to whether it be evacuate, whether it be to shelter in place, just something out there that will get that information out as quickly as possible,” Bruch explained
What emergencies are campus officials prepared to deal with?
”Anything that either creates panic or exceeds our resources here at USU. That could be an earthquake, it could be an active shooter. It could be a hazmat spill. I mean there is such a wide arena that we would use this system for. ”
Bruch said the Code Blue test message is Wednesday, January 15 at 10 a.m. as part of a campus-wide test of the university’s emergency notification system.
The test message will go out to students and employees on all USU email addresses, through all mobile numbers and as a push notification in the Utah State Safe app.