A new emergency smartphone app is being hailed as a boost for Imbler school security. The new app enables teachers to send a detailed message about an on-campus emergency to fellow school district educators faster than ever before. Once fully operational, the app will also instantly connect the person sending the alert to the emergency dispatch center in La Grande. Dispatchers there alert fire department and law enforcement service agencies in Union County. The Imbler School District is believed to be the only one in Northeast Oregon to have such an emergency alert app.