Mitigation involves activities taken before an emergency occurs to lessen the impacts and losses associated with that emergency. At Kennesaw State, many steps have been taken to lessen the impacts of emergencies, both natural and manmade. These include the installation of warning sirens, hardening of safe sheltering locations in some buildings, and the implementation of building construction codes.
Emergency Notification System
Emergency Outdoor Warning Sirens
Kennesaw State University has six (6) sirens, three (3) on the Kennesaw Campus, one (1) at KSU Center, and two (2) at the Sports Park/Stadium area to notify the campus community of an immediate threat. These sirens can be activated by a variety of means by the Department of Public Safety and University Police and Office of Emergency Management. Cobb County EMA has one siren serving the Kennesaw Campus and two sirens serving the Marietta Campus. All three are activated by Cobb County EMA. The warning sirens at the Kennesaw Campus are omnidirectional sirens that have a prerecorded message to indicate the type of emergency situation that is occurring on campus. The siren warning system is only used for situations that require the KSU community to take shelter indoors immediately from an imminent threat. This system is tested at noon on the first Wednesday of every month.
Mass Notification System
The Mass Notification system is designed to send rapid emails, text messages, and/or phone message announcements to all faculty, staff, and students. Unlike many other universities nationwide, the system at Kennesaw State is an “opt out” system. This means that faculty, staff, and student data is automatically uploaded into the system and does not require the receiver to register for the system. The system has the ability to send text, email, and voice calls as well as push information out to social media outlets. Currently, Kennesaw State deploys Rave Alert as its mass notification system. This system is tested annually.
Alertus Desktop Override System
When activated, an emergency notification message window will pop-up and be displayed on all computer monitors campus-wide. This message will remain on all computer screens until cancelled by original sender. This system also populates the scrolling marquee and digital signage across campus with the same message. This system is tested on the first Wednesday of every month.
Campus Advisory Page
The Campus Advisory page can be used for emergency or non-emergency messages and is linked directly to the front page of the Kennesaw State website. This page can be accessed at www.kennesaw.edu/advisories. Additionally, Kennesaw State University has activated a Health Advisories page, which can be accessed at www.kennesaw.edu/healthadvisory.
Kennesaw State University Office of Emergency Management maintains a Facebook page and Twitter and Instgram accounts. These social media accounts are maintained to provide daily valuable information to the Kennesaw State community. This includes weather updates, preparedness tips, and event announcements. The social media platforms are also used during emergency situations as a means of notification. Emergency notifications through social media would also be pushed to the main Kennesaw State Facebook page and Twitter feeds.
The KSU Inform is a system for the campus-wide delivery of announcements and notifications to faculty and staff via email. The Inform produces a daily digest and can also be used to send immediate, urgent messages.