April 17, 2007 16:43 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: Universities React to Virginia Tech Disaster by Implementing Emergency Notification

Latest Communication Technology Immediately Notifies Employees, Students, Parents and First Responders During Crises on Multiple Types of Communication Devices

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 17, 2007 -- Many universities and schools throughout the country are pursuing immediate measures today in reaction to yesterday's Virginia Tech tragedy. In addition to grief counseling and safety briefings, administrators are researching and implementing high-speed emergency notification systems to address the need for immediate information during natural and manmade disasters.

Margi Schmidt, a spokesperson from MIR3, a San Diego-based business that provides emergency notification technology, commented: "We're receiving many phone calls from educational institutions that want to modernize their communication infrastructures to better handle emergency situations, including weather-related and other disasters. We are working with these organizations to implement emergency notification systems within 24 hours."

The MIR3 communications platform was designed for ease of use and to cut overall response time so that in the heat of an emergency the system is set to go with minimum effort. Schmidt said, "In real time, you can see who has received and responded to your critical message. In the event of natural and/or manmade disasters, all students, parents, and campus/local police can be contacted in a matter of minutes with information and instructions either by landline or cell phone, email, PDA, TTY, fax, pager, SMS, or other communication device."

The MIR3™ Intelligent Notification™ system is already in use at hundreds of corporations, government agencies and educational organizations.

According to Schmidt, the Board of Regents at the University of Michigan, as well as several other university and secondary school systems, have contacted MIR3 to look at its emergency notification solution. Schmidt can be reached for more information about emergency notification systems. Please contact MIR3 at 858 724 1248 or email