New app to connect UNC staff, students, faculty with safety officials

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill launched a new safety app Thursday that will turn smartphones into safety devices, a release from the school said.

The LiveSafe app will provide “discreet two-way communications with UNC public safety officials.” LiveSafe is available to those who live and work on or near the school’s campus, as well as their families and friends.

LiveSafe will allow users to report suspicious activity anonymously using text, video, or photos; call or message 911; and submit their location using the GPS-based “SafeWalk” feature which can be shared with family and friends, in addition to emergency officials.

The University is working with LiveSafe to link it with their Alert Carolina emergency notification system. After that’s completed, those who downloaded the app will receive all Alert Carolina messages.

“The new LiveSafe app provides an effective way to connect people with the help and resources they need,” said Derek Kemp, associate vice chancellor for campus safety and risk management. “LiveSafe, which has a proven track record among many of our peer universities, gives people the flexibility to get help quickly, to let others know where they are at any time, and to have ready access to important health and safety information.”

The LiveSafe app is available to students, faculty, staff and their families, as well as local community members and visitors to campus. It replaces Carolina’s RaveGuardian app, which offered fewer features and had a low usage rate, the release said.

LiveSafe is available on both iPhone and Android devices. After downloading the app, users should select the UNC-Chapel Hill affiliation and fill in the user profile. For more information about LiveSafe and other safety resources at UNC-Chapel Hill go to CarolinaSafe.

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