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New Saftey Measure At U

According to the Star Tribune the University Minnesota has started a new service to alert students of dangerous situations and school closings.

Starting today, students on the Twin Cities campus can sign up for TXT-U, a service that sends alerts to their cell phone. The university already sends alerts to email accounts and posts them on their website.

School officials realized that in today's society college students usually always have their cell phones on them. Whereas, it may take a couple a couple hours for them to check their email.

According to M:Metrics, a company that measures how mobile technology is used, more than 75 percent of people in the 18 to 24 age group use text messaging. (Star Tribune )

After the Virginia Tech incident it has become a priority for schools to alert their students of dangers.

The system and program will cost the university about $10,000 a year.

The text-messaging system will be used only on rare occasions. A gunman on campus or a bomb scare will certainly prompt a text messaging, but a crime alert about auto break-ins probably wouldn't. A tornado warning or a campus being closed for a blizzard are likely text candidates, but a thunderstorm won't be. (Star Tribune )