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Bad weather? Slick roads? Many venues announce cancellations

By the time Austin Peay State University officials decide its necessary to cancel or postpone classes due to weather-related conditions, it may be too late to notify television and radio stations before they are flooded with hundreds of other cancellations.

But if you have Austin Peay Alert, youll be among the first to know. Those who have Austin Peay Alert should receive the emergency notice, via text-message to cell phones and/or computers, within seconds of it being sent by Jim Spriggle, telecommunications manager.
By the time Austin Peay State University officials decide it's necessary to cancel or postpone classes due to weather-related conditions, it may be too late to notify television and radio stations before they are flooded with hundreds of other cancellations.

But if you have Austin Peay Alert, you'll be among the first to know. Those who have Austin Peay Alert should receive the emergency notice, via text-message to cell phones and/or computers, within seconds of it being sent by Jim Spriggle, telecommunications manager.

Spriggle reminds everyone that each person who opts into Austin Peay Alert is responsible for the cost of the text messages, which will depend on the service provider and the package for which the cell phone owner has contracted.

The University's inclement weather policy indicates that, in the event of inclement weather, APSU will make every effort to remain open on a normal or modified schedule. But if classes are canceled or delayed, various notification venues, in addition to Austin Peay Alert, are used. They are:
*APSU's Web site
*APSU's main telephone number
*E-mail blast
*Nashville TV Channels 2, 4, 5 and 17 and local Channel 3 (WKAG)
*Radio stations WAPX, WDKN, WJZM, WSM, WLAC, WJZC, WKDF, WGFX, WJMR, WCVQ, WVVR, WBVR, WDXN, WZZP, WHOP, WHVO, WNKJ, WKVW, WEKT.

The Leaf-Chronicle and other print media will be notified, depending on the time of the weather emergency and the decision to cancel or postpone classes.

Dennie Burke, executive director of public relations and marketing, noted that weather-related information is accepted by most radio and television stations only in a pre-set, electronic format that allows little or no variation or details in messages.

She also suggests checking several emergency-notification venues since downed power and/or telephone lines may make it impossible to send and/or receive messages by all venues.

Burke said, “The quickest and most reliable way to receive any emergency notification, including those that are weather related, is Austin Peay Alert.”

For more information on Austin Peay Alert, contact Spriggle by telephone at (931) 221-6284 or e-mail sprigglej@apsu.edu. -- Dennie B. Burke