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W&M introduces new emergency mobile app

The William & Mary Emergency Management Team today released In Case of Crisis, an emergency preparedness mobile app for the campus community.

In Case of CrisisIn Case of Crisis is free, and can be downloaded for iPhone from iTunes and for Android from Google Play.

“The app will provide our community with fast, easily accessible information to help before and during an emergency situation,” Anna B. Martin, chair of the Emergency Management Team, wrote in a campus email announcement.

Faculty, staff and students will now be able to quickly locate important information for emergency situations, thanks to visual icons, know-how guides, specific instructions and campus phone numbers. Twelve emergency-related categories are built in to the mobile app, including a guide for earthquakes, illegal activity, fire, severe weather, hazardous material and more.

Emergency Management Coordinator Kenton Towner said the mobile app is another tool to provide members of the campus community clear and important information for emergency situations.

“Turning the College’s Emergency Response Guide into a mobile app puts emergency preparedness information right into the hands of individuals in our community,” said Towner. “Giving our faculty, staff and students the knowledge and information they need to protect themselves and their community in an emergency is of the utmost importance.”

Martin and Towner said members of the William & Mary community should take an active role in staying informed of the College’s emergency protocols. The mass notification system, emergency website, William & Mary News Facebook and Twitter page all provide information and updates should an emergency or dangerous situation arise on campus.