Emergency posts part of campus safety

BYU-Idaho has in place many precautionary measures to protect its students and faculty.

The blue emergency posts placed around campus is one tool that the school uses to assist in emergency situations.

If there is ever an emergency situation on campus or anyone is in need of assistance, students are encouraged to use the emergency posts to call for help.

“Anytime there is an emergency and people are questioning whether to call for help on the blue emergency posts, just do it,” said Miranda Christianson, a senior studying health science, who works at the security and safety desk.

Christianson said that whenever the emergency button is pushed the call is picked up in the security and safety office and an officer is immediately dispatched to give any assistance needed. In the case of a medical emergency the office will dispatch paramedics.

Security escorts are another service that University Security and Safety provides.

If it is late at night and students feel uncomfortable walking home alone, they are encouraged to call the security office at 496-3000, or press the emergency button on the emergency posts and request a security officer to escort them home.

Security officers are always available to provide this type of assistance at anytime.

Another function of the emergency posts is to make loud speaker announcements.

If there were ever any kind of emergency that needed to be announced around campus it could be done through the loud speakers on each of the emergency posts.

Another emergency and safety precaution that the school will be implementing in the next few months is to be able to override every classroom projector on campus and project emergency messages.

Garth Gunderson, a security director for the department of security and safety said that if there were ever any danger on campus and the school needed to be put on lock down, that message would be relayed to the classrooms through the classroom projectors.

The university also has a software emergency mass-notification system called Everbridge which notifies students through text messages, phone calls on both cell phone and landline numbers and through email. If there were an emergency and the school wanted students to stay away from the campus, they would use Everbridge to notify students.

Gunderson said that most schools have two emergency systems in place, like the emergency poles and Everbridge, but BYU-I is in the process of implementing a fourth emergency system to better protect the university.

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