Posted: Dec 20, 2012 7:34 PM by Shannon Davis
Updated: Dec 20, 2012 7:39 PM
Montana Tech announced it will have monthly lockdown alert tests in the future.
Montana Tech hosted the State of Tech discussion Thursday evening in the library auditorium. Chancellor Don Blackketter commented on the mistaken lockdown alert at the Montana Tech North Campus, Wednesday morning.
"It was an awkward mistake," Blackketter said. "But it also has resulted in a lot of positive outcomes."
The message was intended to be a test, according Amanda Badovinac, director of public relations and marketing at Montana Tech. The message read, "Montana Tech Alert: All buildings on north campus in lockdown. Lock doors, stay away from windows and doors, turn off lights. More information to follow."
Authorities arrived on campus and the on the all clear was given.
Blackketter said it was inconvenient, but as a result the administration understands the strengths and weaknesses of the alert system. By having regular tests, they hope to become more comfortable with the system.
"We have made a commitment to make sure that we are reviewing those processes and making sure that our ability to keep this campus safe and to notify students and faculty works well," Blackketter said.
Montana Tech representatives encourage students, faculty and the community to subscribe to the Montana Tech Alert system. In the event of an emergency you will receive a text message sent to the mobile number and/or e-mail you register with the system. To register visit www.mtech.edu.