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College to upgrade emergency notification system

Grant money will be used to enhance the College's emergency notification system on all campuses.

Seminole State College of Florida has received a $154,000 grant from the state Department of Education to enhance its emergency notification system.

A portion of the grant is being used to install speakers in the ceilings of hallways throughout the college, allowing emergency messages to be heard from most anywhere on the campuses, said Dick Hamann, vice president of information technology and resources at Seminole State.

The speakers will supplement the college’s emergency notification system, which was implemented in 2009 and allows for dissemination of emergency messages through IP speaker phones. The phones are located in every classroom and office on the college’s four campuses.

The grant is also being used to purchase additional software and hardware that will enhance the college’s current capabilities to help first responders pinpoint the precise location of a 911 caller on any Seminole State campus.

“Thanks to grants such as this from the Department of Education, Seminole State can target emergency messages to a specific campus, a building or even a classroom,” Hamann said. “We decided to have a system where we can actually give directions to people rather than a random alarm-based system.”

Seminole State’s Emergency Operations Team also can text message students, staff and faculty directly with information and instructions, and the college’s website and emergency hot line are integral elements of the Emergency Notification System as well.

For information, please visit the College's emergency notification website.

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