Students and staff at the Okotoks Bow Valley College campus have a new tool for emergencies and safety with the launch of their CampusAlert app.

Rob Williams, Manager for Security and Emergency Services for Bow Valley College, says CampusAlert has several advantages in emergency situations.

"The main feature of the app is for emergency notifications, such as an extreme weather warning. It's a push notification to all the phones, and for those who don't have a smart phone, we also have SMS text messaging," he said.

Further to text notifications, the capability is available on all desktops on campuses, to ensure notifications reach everyone, even is phones are on silent or unavailable for any reason.

The app is also available for students and staff's friends and family, and has a click to call feature for police, emergency services and campus security, as well as the ability to share location.

Williams, says another one of the many features is the ability to check in when working alone.

"It allows them to set up a contact person, that if they don't check in within a certain time that they set up, the app will remind them to check in. A second notice will go to them, and if they don't respond, it will go immediately to whoever they've set up as their emergency contact person so they can be checked on. That's one of the best features we have on the app," he said.

The app is a free download, and also provides real- time information about urgent situations that require immediate attention or action, such as sever weather alerts, lockdowns and power failures.

Williams adds that communication is key in emergency situations, which is one of many reasons for the development and launch of CampusAlert.

Questions, comments, or story ideas? Email [email protected]

More Local News

The NDP's Erik Overland Talks Highwood Campaign Days After Election Announcement

With the election having been announced just days ago, Highwood candidates are in full campaign mode. Erik Overland, the NDP's Highwood candidate says he's been out talking to constituents even…

Dementia Friendly Communities Bringing Brain Research Study to Okotoks

Dementia Friendly Communities is partnering with the University of Calgary to bring a brain study to Okotoks. The Brain in Motion study examines the relationship between exercise and cognition in…

Local Business Woman Receives Entrepreneurial Award

A local business woman has been recognized for her hard work. Amy Giang, owner of Lube Town, has received the Immigrants of Distinction for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award. Giang and her family…

National Impaired Driving Prevention Week Well Underway

The week of March 17th-23rd is National Impaired Driving Prevention Week. The Federal Government and RCMP are working to educate Albertans on impaired driving of all kinds in order prevent such cases…

Your Guide to Voting in the Highwood Constituency

With the provincial election having been called yesterday, some residents may be wondering what's required to vote. In order to vote, residents must first register with Elections Alberta. Eligible…

SRHT Puts Call Out To Local Groups In Need Of Funding

The Sheep River Health Trust is gearing up for one of their largest fundraisers of the year. The Together We Make a Difference Radiothon, with the Eagle 100.9, raises funds to help support local…

Town Kick-Starts Plan to Focus on Climate Change

The Town of Okotoks started phase one of their previously proposed Climate Resilience Express Action Plan this month. The five phase plan is in partnership with municipalities across the province,… is Okotoks' only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.