Marietta improves emergency communication through Connect-ED

Marietta College officials announced today the immediate deployment of the Connect-ED communication service by the NTI Group, Inc. (NTI) to provide the College leaders with the ability to reach all students, faculty and staff with time-sensitive information within minutes.

"Today we are forced to prepare for emergency situations that years ago we never could have anticipated happening," said Becky Cutlip, Marietta College's safety officer and chair of the safety steering committee. "We recognize the important role that immediate communication plays in safety and have selected Connect-ED because of its successful track record and multi-modal capabilities that will allow us to keep students and staff informed whether they are in their dorms, sitting in front of their computers, or on their way to class."

Built exclusively for post-secondary institutions using the experience gained in delivering hundreds of millions of messages for K-12 educators, the service enables campus leaders to schedule, send, and track personalized voice messages at up to six phone numbers and two e-mail addresses per person. In all, the multi-modal service helps officials reach out to students and staff via:

  - Voice messages to home, work, and cell phones

  - Text messages to cell phones, PDAs and other text-based devices

  - Written messages to e-mail accounts

  - Messages to TTY/TDD receiving devices for the hearing impaired

"It's crucial that we are able to notify students immediately in emergency situations because up-to-date communication helps minimize the spread of misinformation, restore order and provide direction," Cutlip said.

The system can be used to notify entire student populations and staff members of school closures and contingency plans due to inclement weather, issues arising from pandemics, or other late-breaking developments. Connect-ED has been successfully used for communication by schools across the country during events such as Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ernesto, school shootings, campus notifications required by the Clery Act, and to help locate missing children.

Marietta College will be testing the Connect-ED service in the near future. College officials are also testing the data provided by students. If you are a community member who erroneously receives a call, please contact Cutlip at (740) 376-4945 and your number will be removed from the service immediately.

More information about the Connect-ED service for post-secondary educators is available at www.ntigroup.com