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LSU to Test Emergency Text Messaging Service Feb. 29

02/27/2012 08:57 AM

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Emergency Operations Center will test its emergency text messaging system on Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 9 a.m. LSU conducts tests of its system twice a year via the university’s text message vendor Rave Mobile Safety, with the last test being conducted Sept. 28, 2011. During the text message test, LSU will also test email and computer desktop notifications in select computer labs and multimedia classrooms, along with certain departments participating in the testing of the client.

 

LSU’s emergency text messaging system allows students, staff and faculty to receive emergency alerts or information via text message on their mobile phone. Participation in the LSU emergency text messaging system is not mandatory, but strongly encouraged. There is no fee to subscribe, but participants will have to pay regular text messaging rates through their cellular providers.

 

Current LSU students, faculty and staff can subscribe to the emergency text message system through the My LSU portal. The campus community is encouraged to register by 5 a.m. on Feb. 29 to be included in this text message test. Instructions on how to register are available at http://www.lsu.edu/ur/lsu_safety/TextMessaging/item13049.html. For more information, visit http://grok.lsu.edu/Article.aspx?articleid=4884.

 

The desktop notification alert has been enabled in public computer labs operated by LSU Information Technology Services. This system uses software provided by Alertus Technologies that integrates with the Rave Mobile Safety service.

 

Emergency text messaging and desktop notifications are part of multiple communications channels utilized by the university in the event of an emergency. For more information on LSU’s emergency preparedness, please visit the following website, http://www.lsu.edu/ur/lsu_safety/.

 

About Rave Mobile Safety

 

Rave Mobile Safety is the leading provider of software solutions for individual, group and public safety. Rave designs, sells and supports an award-winning suite of safety applications including the Rave Alert multimodal emergency notification system; Rave Guardian, a GPS-enabled personal safety tool; and Smart911, a software solution for more effective 9-1-1 responses. Hundreds of organizations and millions of individuals nationwide rely on Rave Mobile Safety technologies for improved safety in communities, at schools, in the home and at work. Rave Mobile Safety is headquartered in Framingham, Mass. Investors include Bain Capital Ventures, Sigma Partners and RRE Ventures. More information is available at http://ravemobilesafety.com.

 

About Alertus Desktop Alert

 

Alertus specializes in reliable in-building emergency notification with an array of affordable products.  The Alertus Desktop Alert client is provided to educational institutions at no charge. For more information, visit http://www.alertus.com/desktop/.

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