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University of Richmond considering campus alert upgrade

From NBC12 News

The University of Richmond is considering a major upgrade to its emergency alert system.

Administrators are looking at an outdoor public address system that would be used to alert faculty and students of serious threats.

The talks come one week after a 19-year-old disguised himself and brought a pellet gun onto campus, sending the school into a lockdown mode. The university used e-mail and text messages to send emergency alerts.

"Nothing is going to pe 100 percent," said U-of-R spokesman Brian Eckert. "It's got to be a combination of all the different things that are available and this would be just one more way to get one of the hardest-to-reach people - and that would be people walking around."

University leaders are still discussing the possibilities of the system and say it's too early to know if and when a loudspeaker could be installed for emergency alerts.

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