Staying Alert in the Wake of California’s Fires

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Staying Alert in the Wake of California’s Fires

With the fires of Southern California raging in all directions around the OmniUpdate headquarters this past week, we understand firsthand the importance of receiving timely and accurate emergency alerts.

CSUCI emergency alert on websiteOur friends at California State University Channel Islands were affected by the fires, too. Fortunately, using our OU Campus™ Emergency Alerts, they were able to notify students in a timely manner of campus closures with announcements on all pages of their website.

When emergencies occur, Emergency Alerts provides OU Campus web content management system (CMS) users with the ability to update their institution’s website quickly with highly visible announcements and to push out alerts on Facebook and Twitter platforms as well.

A hallmark of OmniUpdate’s development process is collaborating with our customers on capabilities they want and need to do their jobs faster and more efficiently. This process is evident in the Emergency Alerts module, with customer-driven features such as a mobile-first design, which allows administrators and campus security officials to post an alert while on the go if necessary. Message displays are customizable and designed to garner the most impact upon delivery. Once an alert is published, it is incredibly easy to publish updates or to archive the alert once the situation is over.

Crucial to your campus’ emergency notification process is eliminating bottlenecks and bureaucracy by deciding who has the authority to activate the alert system. By default, Emergency Alerts is available to level 9 and 10 CMS administrators only, though this can be changed via group access. Emergency Alerts can have a stand-alone mobile interface designed specifically so that someone in campus security doesn’t have to be trained in how to use the full CMS.

Alerts can be defined per site for flexibility in instances where a school may have different campuses or only a particular department may be affected. For example, if the Department of Engineering experiences a broken water main, the alert can appear on the engineering site, but not the university’s home page. Alerts can also be configured to display on all pages across every site in an account.

Remember, knowledge is power and in many cases, it can be a lifesaver.

Want to see OU Campus Emergency Alerts in action? Request a demo today.

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