Usmma academy alert system for parents

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  1. nadofr8dog

    nadofr8dog Member

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    With respect to the "Tragic News" thread, shouldn't this have been something we should have been notified via the USMMA ACADEMY ALERT SYSTEM FOR PARENTS?

    Obviously Dant and his staff had their hands full yesterday, but I suspect there is a checklist to be accomplished when a tragedy such as this occurs and this is an item which should be on the list.
     
  2. KP13Mom

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    IN all fairness, I believe this occurred after 5:00 PM. DS co
    mpany was gathered at 10:30 Pm to meet w/ the chaplain. Their first duty is to the mid, her family and the mids of 1st Co. DS called us at 11:45 PM. Prayers and thoughts are with all involved.
     
  3. jasperdog

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    First let me say it is truly tragic news and my prayers are with the Sanchez family.

    I believe the handling of the transmittal of this news and the notification to others in the Academy community was proper and correct.

    My understanding is the primary purpose of the alert system is to notify subscribers of when there is an issue that requires mass notification of a larger community. The cited incident did not directly affect or involve a larger group in danger or require action by them. Ensuring her family was properly notified first seems to more proper, prudent and respectful then using a mass notification system to broadcast the information
     
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    "Ensuring her family was properly notified first seems to more proper, prudent and respectful then using a mass notification system to broadcast the information"

    At no time did I imply that that using the Alert System should have taken precedence over proper notification of next of kin, or any other time critical requirements which must be met. I do think, at some point in the process of dotting all the "I's" and crossing al the "T's" when a tragedy such as this occurs, the alert system would have been an excellent way to have notified us. Probably about the same time a press release is issued.
     
  5. zonker

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    The USMMA Parents page talks about the purpose of the Alert system: "In order to keep parents informed about developing situations at the Academy, we have also
    created a separate Academy Alert System. Messages sent over this system would provide more
    general information about emergencies, and direct users to the Academy’s website for more
    details."

    It likely was envisioned as a 'crisis/response' or 'urgent news/action required' delivery mechanism.

    By now, all parents have hopefully received an email from USMMA KP Alumni - Chapter Presidents Alliance and/or the National Chairs of the USMMA Parents Association (likely routed via your state's Parent Association president).

    The correspondence is thoughtful, compassionate, and as thorough as the unfolding events allow. I am grateful that they were able to get such complete information out so quickly.

    Our hearts ache, and we all want to uplift the family during this time... and her extended family of all Midshipmen and KPers, and every parent who wishes to ease their burden by recognizing and sharing that loss.

    The compassionate response for their family, and for the many Midshipmen grieving, is heartwarming .. showing that Administration is handling this situation with great compassion and sensitivity.

    Bravo Zulu, KP.
     
  6. KPmid719

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    You have GOT to be kidding me.
     

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