The University of Texas-Pan American recently implemented the Bronc Alert, a new emergency notification system, which enables campus authorities to notify the UTPA community, when an emergency on campus occurs via voice, text or e-mail.
Bronc Alert's main purpose is to keep the UTPA community aware in the event of an emergency and eliminate the loss of life and property. Although UTPA has an outdoor warning system and an indoor warning system, this new emergency messaging system will enable the UTPA community to receive text messages, voice mails or e-mail alerts to their personal accounts or phone numbers.
When an emergency occurs, the alert system will automatically send warning and safety instructions to the person's electronic device.
"I strongly encourage all of you to join me in signing up for this very important service! This may prove to be the greatest protection for our campus community," said Dr. Blandina Cárdenas, UTPA president.
Currently only 1,700 people have signed up, mostly staff and faculty, making up only 8-9 percent of the UTPA community.
"The Emergency Response System is only as effective as the number of persons signed up," said Dr. Richard Costello, director of the Environmental Health and Safety department. "I would certainly hate for something to happen on campus (an emergency event) and that be the impetus for signing up, which is what we have found at some other universities. More importantly, we want to limit the loss of any life or property after an initial event," Costello added.
Signing up is free and everyone can join. To log in enter your UTPA ID and password, and complete the information at: www.utpa.edu/emergency. The information includes your personal e-mail, a cell phone number and a phone number where you want the alerts to be sent. Campus notifications are for emergencies only and the information provided will only be used for those purposes.
For more information, contact the UTPA Police Department at 956/316-7151. For technical difficulties, contact the IT Helpdesk at 956/381-2020 or visit utpa.edu/emergency