I suppose this perhaps is an expected post this evening.
Around 4pm today I was at work and checked my school email, as usual. There was an email from the University Police: This is the University Police Department. Please shelter in place until further notice. There is a possible dangerous suspect on campus in Langsdorf Hall area. We will update you as soon as possible.
There were subsequent email alerts with updates and directions for all students about the situation. Eventually classes were cancelled and evacuations were order. Immediately I contacted all my classmates to make sure they were safe if they were on campus. It’s a scary, yet all too common of an event these days.
After confirmation that all were safe, I further wondered about the emergency communication process for alerting students, employees, and faculty on all Universities. Are they reviewed on a yearly basis? Are updates and changes only done after situations occur on campuses?
On the news this evening the communication director for the President of Cal State Fullerton came out and made a brief comment about the situation. When asked how the students, employees, and faculty were alerted, he responded simply: Through our social media – campus emails, the school website, Facebook, Twitter. I went through the school’s individual social media platforms and discovered in fact there were alerts in all areas.
With safety of great concern, it’s nice to see social media spreading news quickly and efficiently about a campus emergency. If an individual happened to miss the information in one area, there were an abundance of other areas to be alerted of the emergency. News spread quickly, not only through initial posts, but through re-tweets, shares, and of course texts amongst classmates.
I wonder if there will be changes that will be made to the process after all are safe and sound and Cal State Fullerton is back to business, as usual.