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Utah State University’s Code Blue has small following on Price campus

October 8th, 2012 Posted in Opinion

By Seth Richards
USU Eastern Eagle news editor

PRICE—Low enrollment in USU’s emergency Code Blue alert system on the USU Eastern campus means getting the word out to students and faculty is difficult in case of emergencies, such as when police arrested a Price resident on Sept. 25 for firing a rifle near campus. Only 136 students, faculty and staff are part of the emergency system.

The Code Blue system uses email and phone contact information to spread information about emergencies.

To sign up for Code Blue, students and USU employees log in to Banner, and give five phone numbers that can be called or texted in the option “View/Update Code Blue Emergency Alert Phone Numbers” under the “Personal Information” tab. The process is accessible to anyone attending or employed by USU.

According to USU emergency management coordinator Judy Crockett, as of Sept. 28 there were approximately 42,000 contacts for all of USU. There were about 1,290 contacts attending USU Eastern campuses, of which 136 were students and faculty at the Price campus.

Members of the USU  Eastern community are encouraged to sign up. The process is free and contact information is given only to a few individuals who have the authority to send a warning.


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