UA-Huntsville tests alert system

By Eric Sollman - bio | email

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF)- Officials at UA-Huntsville tested the University's alert system.  They want to make sure the system is working after multiple reports of "no alerts" in the hours following the campus shootings back in February.

Three professors died and three more biology department members were injured that day. Students said they weren't alerted by the campus of the incident until hours later.

Now months later, a UA-huntsville official said Wednesday's test of the system, provided the best response, so far.

During the test, messages were sent out by email, text message, and even some phone calls. The university is trying to raise awareness about the alert system.  It's been used on a voluntary basis since 2008.

UAH is working to make it mandatory, so that students, faculty, and staff can know about emergencies such as tornado warnings or acts of violence that impact campus.

University spokesman Ray Garner said the early results show the alert system performed as intended.

"We had loaded all 8700 email addresses in this system, and of those 8700, we got 66 returns saying it couldn't be returned, and so that's a good number," said Garner.

The university plans another test in September, once students are back on campus. The alert system will then be tested again each semester.

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