John Gorentz wrote:
> The shooting at Virginia Tech seems to have provoked some discussion of universities' use of e-mail and other text messaging to notify people about emergencies. That made me wonder about the mailing lists that MSU occasionally uses to send out messages. We have some people who don't qualify for regular MSUnet IDs, so we've bought them IDs for the $10 + $1/month. Would those e-mail addresses be on e-mail lists that would tend to be used for emergencies and such?
The answer is "Yes, assuming that executive management asked for a list
containing everyone" and I can't speak for them, but I would assume the
answer would be context specific. FYI, we do this type of reporting on
the fly, there is no "[log in to unmask]" address which is actually
some kind of alias or listserv list (the mail team just makes it look
like that is the case).
I do certainly understand the concern, and it would likely be my job to
ask the question of "who do we notify electronically?" in the event of a
catastrophe of the VT nature. Thanks for raising this question John.
I'll bring it up with our Director.
Additionally, I would be surprised if this hasn't already been discussed
in some detail by the President and her advisers--I wonder if they are
planning to make a public statement about this (perhaps they have via
the paper and I missed it).