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CBC is taking safety seriously
by Sarah Taylor
Oct 01, 2010 | 752 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In light of the gunfire incident Tuesday at the University of Texas at Austin, whether involving a suicide or school shooting, Bee Countians may be wondering what kind of emergency response and notification system Coastal Bend College has in place.

CBC’s Ruth Cude, dean of administrative services, said the college has multiple ways of letting students and teachers know of an emergency and the procedure they should follow.

“We take the safety of our students and faculty very seriously,” said Cude. “We will continue to make improvements as needed.”

Cude said the college has a committee that consistently reviews emergency plans and systems to make them the best they can be.

Current CBC emergency procedures include:

•streamed messages through the Blackboard web system

•messages on the college’s Web site

•a power call system where contact numbers for all students and faculty are called and notified of the situation

•notifications sent to area television and radio stations

•immediate notification of local law enforcement and following instructions from them

•a manual calling system to supplement or replace the power call system as needed

Safety drills, such as fire drills for students living in dormitories, were planned before Tuesday’s incident at UT-Austin and will be conducted soon, Cude said.

The college also has two employees researching how to send mass text messages to students.

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