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Emergency notification system keeps campus informed

Last winter, the University of Denver closed its campus for two days due to snow. While the information was broadcast on radio and television, most students, faculty and staff were informed of the closure through the University’s emergency notification system, formerly called CINS.

 The emergency notification system is part of DU’s broad crisis response system, which is designed to alert the campus community about a critical incident or emergency on campus. Emergency notifications messages are sent via voice, e-mail and text message.

“The security of our people and campus is our top priority and emergency notifications play a critical part in DU’s overall safety process. In the event of an emergency on or near campus, this is how the University would pass on possible life-saving information to members of the University community,” says Sgt. Stephen Banet of DU’s Office of Emergency Preparedness/Crime Prevention.

Every member of the DU campus community should sign up for emergency notifications, he says.

“From severe weather and power outages to criminal activity and fires, it is important people know what to do, where to go and how to get more information,” Banet says. “Emergency notifications will be the one source of accurate and official University information in a critical incident.”

Those previously registered under the CINS notification system are already registered for the new system.

To sign up for emergency notifications visit www.du.edu/emergency. Anyone in an emergency or life threatening situation should call 911 or contact Campus Safety at 1-2334 (on-campus), 303-871-2334 (off-campus) or by picking up any of the emergency security phones located throughout the campus.

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