MUN Safe, a new app now available, is the best way to stay informed of breaking campus emergency news.
The app allows users to receive instant notifications, alerts and
instructions from Campus Enforcement and Patrol when on-campus
emergencies occur. The app also includes a variety of tools and
resources for students, faculty and staff.
“Memorial is a safe environment, but it’s always important to be
prepared for emergencies,” said Kris Parsons, chief risk officer for
Memorial University. “The MUN Safe app makes it really easy to stay
connected with what’s happening on campus.”
The app is available for download for Apple and Android devices.
Users should opt for push notifications, ensuring that they will receive
alerts directly on their phone in the event of an emergency.
Access to resources
The MUN Safe app gives users access to a wide variety of resources.
Users can quickly contact Campus Enforcement and Patrol, access emergency plans or report a safety or security issue.
The Friend Walk option allows users to choose a contact in their
phone to virtually walk them from one location to another. Users send a
friend or family member a walk request; that person can then track their
movements in real time. If anything goes wrong during the walk, their
contact will have their exact location and the user has the ability to
immediately make a call to emergency responders.
The Support Resources section gives users access to on-campus support services, including the Health Services.
The Report feature allows users to report safety hazards, behavioural concerns and more.
See something, say something
According to Mr. Parsons, one of the other key benefits of the system
is the ability for users to quickly and easily report non-emergency
safety or security concerns.
“Everyone has a role to play in keeping Memorial safe,” he said. “If
you see something unsafe, like an icy patch of pavement that needs to be
salted or unsafe work conditions, it’s really easy to make a report
that we can then act on to make campus safer for everyone.
“The app also provides direct access to our emergency plans, so if
you’re not sure what your role is in an emergency situation, you can
find it there and be prepared.”
A resource for all
While the initial roll out of the app featured information specific
to the St. John’s campus, versions specific to Grenfell Campus and the Marine
Institute have just been launched. The same app can be used by users at all campuses, but when
new campus-specific iterations are released, users will be able to
update their preferences to choose which alerts and information they
would like to receive.
The team is also working on new features that will be rolled out in
the coming months to further improve campus safety and security.
To download the app, visit here or search MUN Safe in the app store of your Apple or Android device.