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Signing Up for Emergency Text Alerts Promotes Awareness, Safety, Opportunity for Prizes

Ferris State Universityvideo camera See video of Ferris DPS director's message about the importance of emergency text alerts.

Ferris State University is promoting the importance of students, faculty and staff signing up for emergency text alerts. Emphasizing this effort, a sign-up contest kicked off Monday, Feb. 13 and runs through Friday, March 3. Signing up, during that period, makes individuals eligible for prizes, including Ferris and Kendall College of Art and Design gear. Note: Only new enrollees are eligible for prizes.

Ferris Department of Public Safety Director Bruce Borkovich emphasized that awareness can be important in an emergency situation, and that seconds and minutes are critical.

“It’s important our community be aware of what’s happening at the university, particularly in the event of emergencies,” Borkovich said. “In certain situations, such as with an active shooter, the difference between life and death could be measured in minutes, if not in seconds. This makes our text alert system an important tool. We encourage our faculty, staff and students, to sign up for the emergency text alerts. The emergency text alerts are important not only for life-and-death emergency situations, but also for significant weather alerts and other major disruptions to normal university operations.”

Students can sign up for the emergency text alerts by visiting myFSU and clicking student, then [email protected] and then the “Campus Safety and Parking” link. Faculty and staff can access the sign-up by visiting myFSU and navigating through the “employee” tab and finding the “Emergency Text Alerts” link. New sign-ups for students, faculty and staff are entered into daily drawings to win prizes, such as Ferris and KCAD gear.

“We’re pleased to see this great collaborative effort designed to encourage people to sign up for the emergency text alerts. This is an important service to our university community,” Borkovich said. “An aware campus is a safer campus.”

Click Emergency Text Alerts for more information, including additional details related to how to sign up.

PHOTO CAPTION: Ferris State University Department of Public Safety Director Bruce Borkovich, middle, is encouraging members of the university community to sign up for the emergency text alert system. A contest is being held through Friday, March 3 to offer incentives for people signing up for the alerts.