Ohio state offers students new text message alert system

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Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- This school year, students at Ohio State University have another reason to keep their cell phones handy.

The school is unveiling a New Buckeye Alert System, which will send text messages to students if there is an emergency on campus.

The school hurried to put the system in place after the shootings at Virginia Tech.

Ohio State and other colleges already were using e-mail and web site alerts, but Ohio State's Director of Emergency Management Bob Armstrong says the text message system is a way to reach students that aren't in classrooms or near a computer.

There is a section of the school's web site -- buckeyealert.osu.edu -- where students can sign up to receive the text messages.

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