A&M to Test Code Maroon as Part of Upgrades

Texas A&M will be testing its Code Maroon emergency system Thursday as part of its plans to enhance the program.

What's being termed a limited test of the notification system will involve text messages to subscribed cell phone users, as well as messages broadcast on KAMU radio and on campus cable television. Emergency radios in buildings on the campus will also carry the test message.

A&M officials say other methods of notification, including e-mails to subscribers, will take place on another day.

The tests are a part of an upgrade to Code Maroon through AtHoc, a company based in San Mateo, California.

“The decision to convert to the IEN (integrated emergency notification) system was based, in part, on feedback from students, faculty and staff, as well as input from key emergency and safety personnel who conducted a comprehensive review of our current system as well as a thorough study of alert systems used nationwide," said Charley Clark, Associate Vice President for University Risk & Compliance, in a press release. "This is yet another example of the unwavering commitment of all of us with campus safety responsibilities to always put the safety of students, faculty and staff first and foremost in our planning and subsequent operations."

Clark said the new Code Maroon system could be in place by September.

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