The Challenge of Campus Notification

Florida colleges use e-mail, text messages to alert students


"We took what we learned from Columbine, added different components from other shootings to come up with the active shooter protocol," said Lt. Mitchal Welsh, a spokesman for the University of Florida's police department. It has 90 sworn officers.

The first priority for campus police is to "neutralize" the shooter, Welsh said. Information is issued via available media, including campus radio and TV stations. The university is working on a reverse 911 system to make calls, he said.

The University of Central Florida has its own campus police department that, like all campus agencies, coordinates with other local agencies, said UCF campus police Chief Michael Zelanes. It also alerts students of emergencies through e-mail and its Web site.

Reporter Adam Emerson contributed to this report. Reporter Marilyn Brown can be reached at (813) 259-8069 or .

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