STONY BROOK, NY (WCBS 880) – Stony Brook University on Long Island has a new way to help keep its students safe.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Story

When students sign up for the emergency alert program, all they need to do is a call a special number — that they will be given upon registration — and campus police will find them using the GPS in their phones.

The students do not have do anything else, but call the number.

“We get a picture of them. We get… detailed profile information – their name, class schedule, vehicle information, allergies, things like that,” assistant campus police chief Lawrence Zacarese said. “We’re using the fact that 97 percent of our students have cell phones or some sort of smart device.”

Zacarese said they encourage students to put the number on speed dial or contacts on their phone.

For more information on the program, visit the campus police website HERE.

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