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Today's UPennAlert system was seven years in the making

(04/23/14 1:11am)

In the minutes after shots were fired early last Tuesday morning at Copabanana on 40th and Spruce streets, thousands of students and other University personnel found their cell phones vibrating or ringing with a UPennAlert informing them of the danger in the area. But what many may not realize is that the UPennAlert that was issued last week was the product of a process that began with its inception more than seven years ago.