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Ranking Schools’ Strengths and Weaknesses in Emergency Management

Weakness #6: Public Information & Warning

Overall, 75 percent of participants expressed concerns with their institution’s ability to
prepare for notification and information sharing with the public.

That includes 72 of participants who reported moderate challenges and 3 percent who reported major challenges, including identifying and communicating information with visitors to campus and communicating with international students, who often use foreign-based cell phone providers who may not participate in domestic alert systems.

One fourth of institutions reported no challenges, and recommended best
practices including implementation of “opt-in” or “opt out” alert systems ahead of an event.

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