She explained that the service is
only utilized when something major
is happening and direction is needed
“We don’t want people to
ignore the alerts,” Neeb said.
“Therefore, messages aren’t sent for
thunderstorms or other less pressing
Carly Caputa, a double major
Art and Communication student said
she was unaware of what the Pointer
Alert System was until she received
a text message during the July 9
“I wasn’t at Point during the
tornado warning, but after I got the
text message I checked with my
roommate in Point to make sure she
was okay,” Caputa said.
Caputa had her current cell phone
number in the system and received
both a text and an email during the
first active Pointer Alert emergency.
“I’m always on my phone, but I
don’t check my email, so the fact that
the alert goes to my phone is really
nifty,” Caputa said.
She also believes the Pointer Alert
System is a good investment for the
university because it is keeping up
with modern technology to reach
members of the UWSP community.
According to Neeb, another
full-system test will be performed
in early October. This test is being
conducted to ensure the system is
working properly, as well as to collect
data on how successful each mode of
“The test will also be an
opportunity for people to give
feedback and raise awareness,” Neeb
The Pointer Alert System goal
is to reach as many members of the
campus community as possible in as
short an amount of time as possible.
With current contact information
and UWSP student, faculty and staff
awareness, the program will strive.
“We continue to work at
improving the system’s reliability,
ease of use, training and other
measures of assurance,” Karcher said.