ELKO — As a new semester kicks off at Great Basin College, students, staff and the public will have the opportunity to download a new safety app provided by campus security.
GBC Campus Safety is a free mobile safety app that makes receiving and reporting emergency related information easy as texting, sharing and commenting.
Patricia Anderson, GBC Director of Environmental Health, Safety and Security, said the app gives students and staff swifter access to security and additional emergency resources.
“Contacts include GBC Security and various non-emergency resources on campus as well as 911,” said Anderson. “In the case that a student or staff member could not call us, there is a feature that allows users to send a text messages directly to security.”
Anderson expects the app to be a public resource for those who frequent the area of College Parkway, which neighbors the Elko County Fairgrounds, Elko County School District offices and Elko high School.
“If the surrounding community notices something suspicious going on, there are features to send a photo to security and report suspicious activity,” said Anderson. “Parents of preschoolers who attend the GBC Child Care Center are also applicable users, as are high school students and their parents. Given the proximity of local schools, those institutions would be affected by an active intruder which would call for a lock down of the schools in the area.”
Anderson noted the new app would not be replacing the college’s already existing emergency alert system, E2 Campus.
“Students who are already signed-up to receive e-mail and text message alerts will continue to receive those messages. Emergency alerts will be sent through both systems,” she said.
Students located at GBC branch locations will also have the same benefits from the app as those located at the Elko campus.
“The contact tabs are designated to each service area representative in those areas. In the case of an emergency at any GBC locations, alerts will be sent to those you have the app.”
Of all the features available in the app, Anderson said one of her favorites is the Friend Walk feature.
“You can send your location in real-time to a friend as they watch you walk to your destination. The app uses Google Maps of all GBC branches and centers located across the state.”
The app also provides its users with emergency tips and scenarios as to what to do in situations such as a bomb threat, active shooters, earthquakes and more.
GBC Campus Safety is now available in the App Store and Google Play, and can be found by searching keywords “Great Basin College Campus Safety.” The app is completely free, paid for by the GBC security office.