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.