ENMU security at new levels

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer

Students, faculty, administrators and campus police at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales are more aware and better prepared for an emergency than they were a year ago, officials say.

One year ago today, a student at Virginia Tech University shot 32 students and faculty members, then himself.

Students at the university still are nervous, jumping at unexpected noises, according to an article on news24.com.

The massacre prompted universities nationwide to review security and upgrade emergency preparedness.

ENMU is no exception.

A text messaging system is in place that can quickly send alerts to anyone who is signed up for the service, said Ronnie Birdsong, vice president for university relations and enrollment services.

The system has been tested and is effective, she said.

And the campus has phone-tree software that will send messages to various groups, Birdsong said.

ENMU also has an “emergency auto-dialer” that can send any kind of voice recording, said Rick Bresler, manager of telecommunications and network services.