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Alert system for Capitol Campus set to begin in October

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September 7, 2012

Capitol Campus Update

OLYMPIA – The Department of Enterprise Services in cooperation with the Washington State Patrol is working to implement a new notification system for use on the Capitol Campus. The Internet-based communication system, MyStateUSA, is used by state and local governments across the country.

What does the system do?

The system allows the Patrol and Enterprise Services to send short email messages to state employees and tenants working on the Capitol Campus:

  • When an emergency situation exists.
  • When a potentially dangerous situation exists.
  • When weather-related closures or other business disruptions have occurred or may occur.

The Patrol will be in charge of emergency notifications that require a law enforcement response (threats, evacuations, etc.). Enterprise Services will issue notifications for campus operational alerts (power outages, road closures due to snow and ice, etc.).

All state employees working on the Capitol Campus will be automatically enrolled to receive these notifications through their official state email address. The system is targeted to be ready for use by Oct. 1, 2012. Capitol Campus employees and tenants will receive additional information about the notifications before the system goes live.

An important reminder

Please don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1 (or 9-911 when required) any time you have or see an emergency on campus. This will help to ensure an appropriate response.

Questions?

Email DES Communications at communications@des.wa.gov.

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