As the westernmost institution in the University of North Carolina education system, Western Carolina University serves more than 10,000 students on a campus located less than 90 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains, a division of the Appalachian Mountain chain.
Despite the beautiful scenery and ample opportunities for recreation, university officials remain committed to providing a comprehensive emergency communications plan that is prepared for a wide range of incidents. In order to maintain a safe and secure environment, Western Carolina University has a number of sophisticated tools at its disposal, including Code Blue emergency blue light phones installed throughout campus.
“We want to make people feel safe ― and actually be safe,” WCU Director of Emergency Services Shane Stovall told The Reporter, a weekly online newsletter distributed to faculty and staff. “It is similar to managing a small city. Our challenge is it’s a largely rotating population. Every year we have students who have been here before and others who have not. So that’s where a culture of outreach and communication is so important for safety measures, providing the information needed to know your surroundings and taking the steps to take care of yourself. We want students, staff, faculty and visitors to be aware of their surroundings, to report suspicious activities and be an active partner in campus safety.”
Code Blue’s industry pioneering emergency communication solutions have been synonymous with college and university settings since the company was founded in 1989. Our dynamic products can bolster security and safety and any campus location by providing a direct link to first responders and acting as a deterrent for potential crime, while also offering a host of non-emergency applications, such as responding to car trouble or providing visitors with directions.
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