Campus Text Alerts Not Catching On
When a school adopts these systems, students and faculty have to voluntarily provide a mobile number upon which to receive these messages. Surveys are showing on-campus adoption rates hovering at somewhere between 30-40%, meaning less than half of the people affected will be capable of receiving emergency messages and updates.
40% of people being informed is certainly much better than the handful who knew what was going on at VT last spring, but it's a far cry from the instant awareness these systems advertise.
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