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Emergency Preparedness and Notification

Foothill-De Anza Improves Emergency Preparedness and Communication with Implementation of Blackboard Connect

School-to-Student Communication System Built Specifically for Higher Education Allows Campus Leaders to Reach Thousands of Students, Faculty and Staff in minutes.

Today we are forced to prepare for situations that years ago we never could have anticipated happening. We recognize the important role that immediate communication plays in safety and have selected the Connect-ED service because of its successful track record and multi-modal capabilities that will allow us to keep students, faculty and staff informed whether they are sitting in front of their computers or on their way to class.

To properly implement this service, it is important that we have up-to-date contact information for all staff and faculty. If you have not yet done so, please take a moment to go to the FHDA Emergency Notification System page to enter or update your contact information.

The service enables campus leaders to schedule, send, and track personalized voice messages at up to six phone numbers and two e-mail addresses per student, faculty and staff member. In all, the multi-modal service helps officials reach out to students, faculty and staff via:

  • Voice messages to home phones, work phones, cell phones, and even e-mail addresses
  • Text messages to cell phones, PDAs, networked digital signage, and other text-based devices
  • Text messages to e-mail accounts
  • Messages to TTY/TDD receiving devices for the hearing impaired

It's crucial that we are able to notify students quickly in time-sensitive situations because up-to-date communication helps minimize the spread of misinformation, restore order and provide direction. The system can be used to notify entire student populations, faculty and staff members of school closures and contingency plans due to unforeseen incidents.

Go to the Emergency Notification FAQ page for more information about the Emergency Notification system.

Twitter Notifications:The Foothill-De Anza Community College District Police Department provides real-time updates regarding parking lot availability (first two weeks of each quarter), emergency responses to the campuses, traffic conditions on surrounding roadways/freeways, campus status information as needed, and safety tips. Follow the Police Department on Twitter at @FHDA_Police.