Emergency Alerts Updated at UNR

RENO, Nev.- If there is ever an emergency on campus, UNR Police are prepped to make sure everyone knows how to act. The university Friday unveiled its updated alert system that goes beyond email and phone notifications.

There is now a siren on campus that can be remotely triggered to alert students that something is wrong. All campus computers will display alert message on their screens that describe the situation. This is in addition to text messages, email alerts and social media posts and a broadcast on campus radio. Campus police want to make sure those in danger, get the message.

"If we are in life saving mode and alerting somebody to lock down and evacuate, that is what we want to do," said Commander Todd Renwick of the UNR Police Department.

Alerts are used in critical incidents like a shooting, natural disaster or severe weather event.

It cost over $100,000 to install the massive speakers for the audible alarm, and an additional $30,000 for the radio station alert system. The upgrades were paid for through a grant from the department of emergency management.

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