Emergency Test Did not Meet Expectations
Cornell University's test of the Alert
System has not performed to expectations.
University's Vice President of Public Safety, Rich McDaniel said
in a statement
"Wednesday we did an initial, wide-scale test
of our emergency notification systems that was composed of three
elements: voice message, text messaging to cell phones, and the
backup e-mail system. The voice message test exceeded
expectations, delivering over 2,700 messages in just over 6
minutes. We are investigating issues related to the text messaging
and the back-up e-mail system."
Simian Moss of
Cornell University's press office told WVBR "it was a test.
Some parts of the test performed very well and some did not
perform as well as we wanted. We will be looking into those
parts." Moss also told WVBR "Further tests are being
There have been reports from students that they
received the message much later than 12:30 in the afternoon when
the messages were sent out. Many students did not recieve the
messages at all.
Students were torn on Cornell's
system of sending text messages in the event of emergencies. WVBR
spoke to Sophomore Rebecca Kumar who was one of the people who
received the message on time, at 1:04 PM. She agreed with the
Wendy Chan, however, had a different opinion on Cornell's
system. She told WVBR "I received the message closer to 5:00."
When asked about her ideas for the Cornell Message system, she
told WVBR "I don't think it's a good idea, there must be a
better way to inform students."
WVBR will keep you up to
date on this story.