RU Alert Notification Technologies

Radford University uses multiple communication technologies to quickly notify students, staff, and visitors of a perceived or actual threat and/or emergency situation that may directly impact the RU campus community. The emergency notification system and activation procedures support RU all–hazards emergency planning through use of multiple emergency communication technologies. The following is a listing of primary and secondary systems. 

RU Alert (Blackboard Connect Primary System)
The Radford University RU Alert system allows registered RU students and RU staff to sign-up and receive emergency messages through telephone, email, and text messaging outlets. Additionally, when a RU Alert is generated additional campus alert technologies can be activated providing a multiple alert capability. Companion alert technology services include.

Campus Email (Primary system)
In the event of any emergency or need to relay important information to the Radford University community,  a “coverage” or “blast email” is sent that reaches all email users. The email system also will be used to provide continuing information about the emergency or event. This email will go to all RU email recipients regardless of being registered in the RU Alert system.  

RU Alertus Desktop System (Primary system)
Alertus Desktop Alert system notification software has been installed on all campus computer labs and multi-media classroom computers and is currently being installed on l RU faculty and staff computers (fall, 2013). In the event of an emergency, the Alertus Desktop Alert system receives a direct RU Alert notification message and generates  a  full-screen safety message to campus-owned computers equipped with Alertus software. This is a popup window and only requires that the computer user acknowledge the alert by clicking on the green acknowledge button at the bottom of the alert screen. It does not impact any program running on the computer.

Campus IP Telephone Reverse Announcement System (Secondary System)
In the event of an emergency the message generated by the RU Alert System will initiate a reverse audio message through most newer IP telephones and selected building speaker locations. Additional IP telephones and speakers will be deployed including links with new fire alarm audio systems.

RU Cable Television Emergency Messaging (CTEM) (Secondary)
The CEM System is automatically activated through the Emergency Alert System (EAS) by a Blackboard Connect/RU Alert link on all non-HD University cable television channels during EAS activations. (This is similar to EAS messages that interrupt programing during a National Weather Service EAS alert). The system does not currently work on the University’s ten HD channels but is transmitted to over 90 analog channels.

Campus Siren System (Secondary System)
Radford University deploys four campus siren/public address system units on campus including the Dedmon Center.  The operation of the system provides a first notification siren alarm wail and the ability to generate a verbal communication via the siren PA system.

Radford University Web Homepage (Secondary)
In the event of a major threat or emergency that requires quick and concise information, the university home page will show a popup window on the main page with the information related to the emergency as well as following updates.

RU Campus Signage Digital Displays (RUSDD)  
The campus currently uses signage digital displays or televisions to display current events, departmental announcements, and other updates that are pertinent to the college to a number of buildings on campus.  Currently, the SDD system does not allow for a direct Blackboard Connect/RU Alert system initiation link to the signage system on the RU campus but does allow for a separate input to the system to generate a secondary emergency message broadcast.

WVRU Public Radio (Secondary)
In time of emergency WVRU public radio, a service of Radford University, will interrupt programming to broadcast emergency notification messages and severe weather information. Tune to 89.9FM WVRU. Weather information and warnings will come directly from the National Weather Service.