Introducing the Hofstra University
Campus Alert Notification Network "CANN"
The Campus Alert Notification Network, or CANN, is a comprehensive notification structure in place to alert the campus community in the event of an emergency.
How does CANN work?
In the case of an immediate emergency, the campus public address system will be activated alerting the campus community to check one of the following for important information and/or instructions:
- Your phone or text message (participation required)
- www.hofstra.edu and the campus alert page of the website.
- The campus alert hotline: (516) 463-1234
- The Hofcast network, now available on LCD screens in all academic buildings, in addition to highly trafficked sites around campus.
- The Hofstra television service - all stations on the Hofstra service will be interrupted in case of an emergency.
- The Hofstra radio station - WRHU Radio Hofstra University 88.7 FM.
The public address system audible alarm will only sound in the event of a real and immediate threat. For other emergencies, such as class cancellations due to snow or other severe weather conditions, the siren will not sound but all other communications channels will provide information.
The public address system is controlled at the Department of Public Safety's 24-hour central command. Loudspeakers have been installed at 10 locations across campus, and are equipped to broadcast an emergency tone, other sounds or verbal instructions. The broadcast of the emergency tone alerts the campus community to look at any number of emergency communication information channels.
Currently, Hofstra utilizes a number of communication channels in case of emergency, including an alert on the home page of www.hofstra.edu, e-mail, a telephone hotline and the campus closed circuit network, Hofcast. The Hofcast network broadcasts campus events and information on a large LCD screen in more than 120 well-trafficked locations across the campus, including every academic building and each of our residence halls giving all students immediate access to emergency information on screens throughout the campus.