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Emergency Notification System Tested Successfully at VFCC

by Office of Marketing | September 17, 2008
On Wednesday, September 17, VFCC tested its new text message security system. At 9:50 a.m., a text message was sent to the cell phone of every student, faculty and staff member registered in the program. The message read, "This is a test of the Emergency Notification System at Valley Forge Christian College. There is no emergency. No action is required." An email sent prior to the message telling the VFCC community of the test message and requested contact with V.P. Dr. Dan Mortensen if the message was not received. According to Dr. Mortensen, "the test was very successful." 

VFCC implemented the text messaging system in response to incidences on American college campuses over the last several years. Many institutions have adopted a quick response notification system to alert their community of campus based emergencies. Although Valley Forge Christian College is located in a safe area where such emergencies are unlikely to occur, the leadership felt it was prudent to invest in the ongoing safety of the campus community by having an Emergency Notification System in place. 

In light of the popularity of cell phones, especially among college students, text messaging is perceived to be the quickest means for communicating emergency information. VFCC has partnered with PURVIS Systems Inc. to provide an Emergency Notification System for the campus community. Using the web-based software, a message can be created and with one click of the mouse the emergency text message is sent to the cell phone of every person in the system. Similar systems are being installed at colleges and universities across the country in response to campus tragedies, as well as in anticipation of possible future emergency situations (severe weather, terrorist attack, power outage, etc.).