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SIU campus unveils public-address system

Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

CARBONDALE – Southern Illinois University is touting its new emergency public-address system that officials said will quickly alert students of potential dangers on the school’s Carbondale campus.

WSIL-TV reports the outdoor system will notify students of natural disasters such as tornadoes or other threats including an on-campus gunman.

The university’s facilities overseer, Brad Dillard, said the system is capable of distributing any of 13 pre-recorded alerts as well as live messages as situations warrant.

The university already had a system of mass text messages and email alerts to students, although administrators said the public-address method will allow for faster warnings.

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