It's a nerve wracking thing for any parent to send their child off to college, but for parents of UW-Stevens Point students, a new emergency system could be a way to calm some of those nerves.
"Pointer Alerts" is a way to get a message out quickly to a large group of people in the time of an emergency, through e-mail, text messages, and pop-ups on their website.
At this time, the system is going through testing. In fact, the first major testing of "Pointer Alerts" was Friday, April 19, in conjunction with the state wide tornado warning drill.
"The more ways that you can communicate with people in an emergency, the higher the chance is that people are going to get the message and be able to take the action they need to take to protect themselves," says Kate Worster, Executive Director for University Relations and Communications.
She says the system is "absolutely critical" in a crisis situation.
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