USU accepts feedback after false alarm emergency alert

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LOGAN, Utah (ABC4 News) – Utah State University administration and campus law enforcement took feedback from students on a false alarm emergency alert that went out Wednesday afternoon.

While technicians were installing a new emergency management alert system an accidental active shooter signal was issued to the entire campus urging everyone to “run, hide, or fight.”

Moments later the alert was canceled, and everyone was reassured that there was no threat.

Administrators held a listening session to hear from the campus community on ways the alert system could be improved.

“What if I’m in the restaurant and I have to leave before I’m paying? What about the parking arm in the lots? What about in the testing center taking an exam? Our emergency response team is very, very well trained but these are details that campus would need to address. And so, it’s this kind of debrief that’s been so valuable,” said Dr. Noelle E. Cockett, USU president.

Cockett said it’s unfortunate that the false alarm happened, but she’s glad to at least get some feedback to help improve campus safety in the event of a real threat.

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