Homeland Security and Public Safety

George Mason Rolls Out App for Emergency Scenarios on Campus
By: News Staff on October 23, 2013
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In case of an emergency on campus, George Mason University students can know immediately where to go, who to call and how to react with a mobile app called In Case of Crisis, which was rolled out this month.

The app allows school officials to publish emergency procedures and instructions via an online portal for students, faculty and other staff members via their Apple and Android devices. The information is saved on the mobile app even when data and cell service is down, according to a press release. Based in Fairfax County, Va., the George Mason campus includes 32,000 students among four campuses on 800 acres. The app features visual aids and includes what steps students and faculty should take in case of emergency; this information is tailored to the different locations.

The university’s traditional emergency preparedness efforts include posters, flipbooks, guides and a website. These will continue in a layered approach to preparedness and response to threats, including fire, earthquake and active shooter.

In Case of Crisis includes access to building diagrams, easy-to-reach contacts and push notifications for alerts and mapping. It includes a library of 85 emergency scenarios and templates that allow for customization.

The app is said to be easy to use and will be used in minor and major emergency scenarios as well as other business continuity situations.


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