Claremore Daily Progress

August 16, 2012

Emergency & RSU: There’s an app for that

Students, faculty & staff can access information on any mobile device

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Claremore Progress

CLAREMORE — Rogers State University has added an emergency feature to its award-winning mobile application that will provide students with valuable contacts and information in case of an emergency.

The primary feature in the emergency module of the RSU Mobile App is one-touch dialing for 911 or the RSU Campus Police Department.
The module also includes a list of emergency contacts, such as poison control and counseling services, as well as links to severe weather and other safety information. 
“At Rogers State, we do everything in our power to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff. The emergency module on our mobile app adds another feature to keep our campus community prepared,” said Dr. Larry Rice, RSU president.
The RSU Mobile Apple is available for free on Android and Apple platforms. It can be downloaded by visiting www.rsu.edu/rsumobileapp.
Five years ago, a student shot and killed 32 people on the Virginia Tech University campus in Blacksburg. It is considered the deadliest shooting incident by a single gunman in U. S. history.
The massacre prompted universities to create an emergency communications network, alerting students, faculty and staff in the event such an incident happened.
The Oklahoma Collegiate Public Relations Association recently recognized the RSU Mobile App with second-place honors at its annual award banquet. The app, which launched last fall, has a variety of tools to inform and engage students, alumni, prospective students and the campus community.
The Claremore Public Schools system uses its school messenger program to call parents and guardians for school notifications.
The system can be used for both emergency and nonemergency situations.
Rogers County does not currently have an alert system in place. Each city has their own system to alert the public for emergencies.
There are a number of systems currently available to the public for emergencies including weather alerts, Weather bug, Accuweather, The Weather Channel and many others, according to Emergency Management Director Bob Anderson.
A county-wide system is an issue of covering a broad area and cost effectiveness, he explained.
There are so many free systems available to the public to keep them informed, Anderson said.