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Students, faculty, staff can opt in for Austin Peay Alert

Effective immediately, Austin Peay State University offers students and employees an emergency warning systemAustin Peay Alertthat enables designated APSU officials to send an alert about an imminent emergency via text message.

Through a contract with the Tennessee Board of Regents, the text-messaging service is supplied by RAVE Wireless.
Effective immediately, Austin Peay State University offers students and employees an emergency warning systemAustin Peay Alertthat enables designated APSU officials to send an alert about an imminent emergency via text message.

Through a contract with the Tennessee Board of Regents, the text-messaging service is supplied by RAVE Wireless.

Initially, the system will be used for emergency notifications only. If officials decide to use text messages for other announcements, such as ones designated for members of a specific APSU group (fraternity, etc.), a user will have the opportunity to become part of such a list, or he/she can continue to receive text messages only in the event of an imminent emergency.

According to Vice President for Finance and Administration Mitch Robinson, this emergency text-messaging system provides another means for members of the University community to be notified regarding emergencies that affect them.

“In the past, most of our emergency alerts have been weather-related, such as a snow or tornado warning, and have involved closing the University or delaying classes,” Robinson said.

“Although we hope it never occurs, we're prepared to alert members of the University in the event of a more imminent emergency such as a chemical spill or a shooter on campus. Our No. 1 priority is the safety of our students.”

Students, faculty and staff who want the text-messaging system must provide his/her cell phone information, as described on the Web at getrave.com/login/apsu.

Each person who signs up for Austin Peay Alert is responsible for the cost of the text messages. The cost will depend on the service provider and the package for which the cell phone owner has contracted.

For more information, call Jim Spriggle, telecommunications manager, at (931) 221- 6284 or go to apsu.edu/alert on the Web. -- Dennie B. Burke