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    Parents eligible for text alerts

    The newly-launched UA Alert system, which allows students and faculty to receive emergency alert text messages on their cell phones, will be available to one additional friend or family member of the student or faculty member who signs up for the program.

    Parents of students are eligible to receive both text message and e-mail alerts, said Johnny Cruz, UA director of media relations.

    “”It certainly is an opportunity for students to sign up their parents who would want to be informed,”” he said.

    Students and faculty have the option to add anyone to the UA Alert system, not just parents, Cruz said.

    “”If the student is married, they can sign up their spouse,”” he said.

    Anyone who has already signed up for the service can

    The alert system will send out messages only during an emergency on campus or an emergency response drill.

    add a cell phone number and an e-mail address on the UA Alerts Web site, http://alerts.arizona.edu.

    The alert system will send out messages only during an emergency on campus or an emergency response drill, Cruz said.

    “”We will do a test sometime this semester,”” he said. “”We don’t have an exact date.””

    There will be no warning given before the system’s first test, Cruz said, to accurately simulate an emergency.

    Stephanie Conn, a pre-businesssophomore, said she plans to sign herself and a parent up for the program.

    “”My parents want to know what’s going on with the campus,”” she said. Conn said her parents didn’t know about the Sept. 5 death at Graham-Greenlee Residence Hall until a week later, when she told them herself.

    If she signed a parent up for the program, Katie Phelps, a pre-elementary education sophomore, said that her parents would “”feel more involved.””

    Phelps said she would also sign herself and a parent up for the program.

    “”Parents are always concerned about their children’s safety,”” she said.

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