USU has changed emergency communication on campus

LOGAN – As part of changes Utah State University has made in the way it communicates about campus emergencies, the school has launched Utah State Safe, a new safety app.

Earl Morris, USU’s new executive director of public safety, said it provides information about safety to those on campus.

“This is an enhanced version which actually gives them the opportunity to communicate back directly with public safety,” Morris explained, “so they can text us to let us know where they might be, what’s going on in their environment. They can actually hit the button and it goes directly into a 9-1-1 call.”

Morris said the safety app is joined with a new system to send out Code Blue alerts, and the app is easy to obtain.

“Well, it’s pretty simple. You go to the app store and search for Utah State Safe and it will literally pull up the Utah State logo. You just download it. It’s free. And within 30 seconds it will be on their phone.”

Many students, staff and faculty were already enrolled in Code Blue and they have been automatically transferred to the new system.

Morris said others can opt in to receive information by visiting alert.usu.edu.

“The safety app and new system will improve our ability to communicate with our community about threats and ensure everybody has the information they need to be safe,” said Morris.

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