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TWU announces Pioneer Alert emergency notification system

8/03/09


August 3, 2009 – DENTON/DALLAS/HOUSTON — Texas Woman’s University students, faculty and staff can now receive emergency communications via text message as part of TWU’s “Pioneer Alert” emergency notification system.

Beginning Aug. 3, students, faculty and staff can add their cell phone numbers to the Pioneer Alert system by clicking the “Pioneer Alert” icon at www.twu.edu or visiting www.twu.edu/dps/pioneeralert.asp.

The text messaging option is the newest feature of TWU’s Pioneer Alert emergency notification system, which includes the TWU website, inclement weather telephone hotlines and messages posted to all university computers, office phones and voice mails.

The Pioneer Alert system only will be used to send emergency alerts, which include campus safety situations that involve shelter-in-place, evacuation or other action; or campus closings due to inclement weather or other circumstances. All cell phone information will be stored in a secure database.

A TWU Portal account is required to be included in the text messaging system. Participants can choose to receive alerts for one or all of TWU’s three campuses. Cell phone numbers will be stored for one school year and must be updated each August. Participants also can update their cell phone numbers in the system at any time.

“All TWU students, staff and faculty are strongly encouraged to add their cell phone numbers to the TWU Pioneer Alert system as soon as possible,” said John Erwin, TWU director of public safety.

For more information, visit www.twu.edu/dps/pioneeralert.asp.

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