FSU ALERT Emergency Notification & Warning System

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FSU ALERT is Florida State University's emergency notification system. If there is a condition which threatens the health and safety of persons on campus, university officials will warn the campus community using one or more of the following delivery methods. We've divided them into three categories: Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary

Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page answers some of the most common issues we hear about the FSU Alert system. 

If you want more detail on how we run FSU Alert, visit our Policy & Plan page. 

Our FSU ALERT Annual Report for 2015 breaks down all the times we used the system and why. 

 


Click on each of the topics below to show an expanded explanation of each delivery method.

PRIMARY Delivery Methods

These are primary notification methods that you should rely on the most. In any full-fledged warning, all of these methods will be utilized. In some cases, where only a partial alert is required, only a select few may be used.


1.) Alerts Page (alerts.fsu.edu)

The University has established a dedicated emergency information web pagee, http://alerts.fsu.edu which is available 24/7/365. All other FSU ALERT emergency notification delivery methods instruct you to come to this website for the most current, most comprehensive updated details about what is occurring. Above all else, FSU will ensure that the Alerts Page provides the most complete and accurate information available.


2.) Home Page (www.fsu.edu)

The University has the ability to post emergency notification messages on its main university website, http://www.fsu.edu. Depending on the nature and severity of the emergency, this information may be presented one of three different formats: a red button under "Florida State News and Events", a gold banner across the top of the site, or an automatic redirect to the Alerts Page. 


3.) Outdoor Sirens

The University has three outdoor warning sirens on the main campus, four sirens in the Innovation Park / Southwest Campus, outdoor sirens at the FSU Reservation (Rez) and the Recreational SportsPlex. There is an additional interface with the Oglesby Union sound system so that messages can be heard within the courtyard. Learn More >>


4.) Indoor Sirens

The university currently has fifty (50) buildings capable of indoor emergency alerts throughout the buildings. These are a combination of alert tone, followed by voice instructions. In most cases, the alerts are delivered via the existing fire alarm system or other public address system already in the building. Learn More >>.


5.) SMS Text Messages

The University has the ability to send SMS text messages to the registered mobile phones of current students, faculty, staff, and authorized community partners. We apologize, but family, friends, alumni and other interested parties are not eligible to receive SMS text messages directly from FSU. Learn More >>.


6.) E-mail

The University has the ability to send E-mail messages to the official @fsu.edu or @my.fsu.edu E-mail addresses of current students, faculty, staff, and authorized community partners. We apologize, but family, friends, alumni and other interested parties are not eligible to receive E-mail alerts directly from FSU. 


7.) SeminoleSAFE Mobile App

The new SeminoleSAFE Mobile App places all the emergency information you need including alerts, announcements, response guides and push notifications all in one place.  Learn more >>


8.) Blue Light Phones

The University has the ability to activate all the strobe lights located atop of the 400+ emergency blue light telephones on campus. When multiple blue light strobes are flashing, this may be an indicator of an active FSU ALERT emergency notification. NOTE: Some isolated older-model blue light telephone units scattered around campus are not capable of this service.


9.) (850) 644-INFO Hotline

The University has a hotline number that you can call 24/7/365 to obtain the current operational status of the university, as well as the details of any active FSU ALERT emergency messages in effect. Simply call (850) 644-4636. Depending on the nature and severity of the emergency, there may be a delay between the time FSU ALERT is activated and the hotline is updated.


10.) Voice Phone Calls (Limited)

The University has the ability to make voice telephone calls to select populations, including the Emergency Management Team, authorized community partners, and approved Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) clients. Due to techonological limitations, we do not make voice calls to the general student, faculty or staff population. 


11.) Desktop Alerts

The University has the ability to pop up emergency alert messages on the screens of currently running computers, such as in classrooms, libraries, computer labs, meeting rooms and offices. If you are on-campus department, college, or other entity would like to participate, please contact us today.


12.) Beacons

The University has purchased a numer of specialty alert beacons, wall or desk mounted devices which flash lights, emit an alert tone, and display a text message on its screen.  These beacons are currently being deployed to Technology Enhanced Classrooms which are located in buildings not capable of Indoor Sirens. If you are on-campus department, college, or other entity that would like to purchase beacons, please contact us today. 


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SECONDARY Delivery Methods

While many of the following delivery methods may also relay warnings, they are considered secondary because they may not be used in every case or may have some delay associated with them.


13.) myFSU Mobile App (iOS, Blackberry, Palm, and Android)

The University has added FSU ALERT information to the myFSU Mobile app available for iOS, Android, Blackberry, Palm devices or any other mobile device with web access. Go to the myFSU Mobile app web site for instructions on how to download and install this application. 


14.) Facebook

The University has established two distinct Pages on the popular social media site, Facebook:  1.) The FSU Alert Page features only emergency notifications, warnings and advisories.  2.) The Keep FSU Safe Page provides the same alerts plus additional safety information, preparedness tips and educational content intended to foster a "Culture of Safety and Preparedness" on campus.


15.) Twitter

The University has established two distinct Pages on the popular social media site, Twitter:  1.) The FSU Alert account features only emergency notifications, warnings and advisories.  2.) The Keep FSU Safe account provides the same alerts plus additional safety information, preparedness tips and educational content intended to foster a "Culture of Safety and Preparedness" on campus. 


16.) Reddit

The University has established two distinct accounts on the popular social media site, Reddit:  1.) The FSU Alert account features only emergency notifications, warnings and advisories.  2.) The Keep FSU Safe account provides occasional safety information, preparedness tips and educational content intended to foster a "Culture of Safety and Preparedness" on campus.  Both accounts post to the FSU SubReddit site /r/fsu. You can also "friend" one or both accounts.  


17.) LinkedIn

As part of Florida State University’s FSU ALERT Emergency Notitifcation System, FSU ALERT maintains an account on the popular social networking site, LinkedIn. To find the FSU ALERT account on LinkedIn, go to: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/fsu-alert/53/456/824. From there, click "Connect" to begin receiving posts in your feed.


18.) RSS Feeds

The University publishes several RSS (real simple syndication) feeds that other users can integrate into their own web pages, social media sites, news readers, and other forms of RSS readers. The four feeds are: Roller, Blackboard Connect, Siemens, and National Weather Service.  


19.) Digital Displays

The University has the ability to post FSU ALERT emergency notification messages upon select digital displays (LED signage, closed-circuit TV systems, information kiosks, etc) on campus.


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TERTIARY Delivery Methods

The following delivery methods may also relay emergency information, but they either have a substantial delay associated with them or are not within the direct administrative control of the university.


20.) Network Login Portals

Almost every FSU student, faculty, and staff member logs into one or more of the following university enterprise systems on a daily basis. The goal is to ensure that people can obtain FSU ALERT emergency notification information at some point during the login process. The portals include: myFSU CentralBlackboardOMNIFSUWIN Wireless Network.


21.) Family Connection List Serve

The University has the ability to send emergency information directly to the E-mail accounts of parents and family members of FSU students via the FSU Family Connection Listserve. Upon going to the Family Connection web site, http://family.fsu.edu/, look for the "Stay Connected!" button on the right-hand side of the page. Enter your desired E-mail address and click "Go!"


22.) Two-way Radios

The University has the ability to manually disseminate verbal emergency information over the various two-radio frequencies in use by campus personnel, including but not limited to the following: Police, Facilities, Athletics, Campus Recreation, Medical Responder Unit, Environmental Health & Safety - Fire Safety Section, Oglesby Union. It is expected that upon receipt of an FSU ALERT emergency notification message by other means, representatives of each campus unit with two-way radios will re-disseminate the alert verbally using their frequency to personnel in the field.


23.) Vehicle Public Address Speakers

The University has the ability to make localized outdoor announcements via public address speakers installed in select vehicles (e.g. FSU Police patrol vehicles).


24.) Electronic Card-Swipe Door Access

The University has the ability to automatically lock or unlock all doors on campus controlled by electronic card-swipe access panels. So, for example, in the event of an active shooter, the University can automatically lock every door on campus that is controlled by this centralized card-wipe access system. Conversely, for example, in the event of a tornado approaching campus, the University can automatically unlock every door on campus that is controlled by this centralized card-wipe access system. 


25.) NOAA Weather Radios

The University relies, in part, upon the use of NOAA Weather Radios for the dissemination of severe weather watches, warnings and advisories. Florida State University has distributed over 100 NOAA Weather Radios throughout residence halls and other key administrative offices. NOAA Weather Radios are readily available for purchase by other FSU entities and the general public from numerous local and online retailers. If you need assistance with maintenance or programming of a university-owner weather radio, E-mail us


26.) Television Media

Florida State University considers our media partners to be a critical part of the FSU ALERT Emergency Notitifcation System. As it the usual role of news media outlets, if there is a significant emergency on the campus of Florida State University, we can expect our media partners to cover the story and get the word out. Tallahassee is served by two primary local television media outlets: WCTV and WTXL. In the event of a major emergency at Florida State University, we can expect numerous other regional and national media outlets to cover the story as well. All media relations, including during emergencies, is managed by University Communications.


27.) Radio Media

Florida State University considers our media partners to be a critical part of the FSU ALERT Emergency Notitifcation System. As it the usual role of news media outlets, if there is a significant emergency on the campus of Florida State University, we can expect our media partners to cover the story and get the word out. While there are numerous radio stations in town that may relay information during a real emergency, there are three stations in particular that focus on news and talk radio and/or have a live disc jockey on hand at most hours of the day: 88.9FM - WFSU, 89.7FM - WVFS, 100.7FM - WFLA. All media relations, including during emergencies, is managed by University Communications.


28.) Newspaper Media

Florida State University considers our media partners to be a critical part of the FSU ALERT Emergency Notitifcation System. As it the usual role of news media outlets, if there is a significant emergency on the campus of Florida State University, we can expect our media partners to cover the story and get the word out. There are two print newspapers that provide news and information about Florida State University: Tallahassee Democrat, FSView & Florida Flambeau. All media relations, including during emergencies, is managed by University Communications


29.) Online Media

As is the modern world with the Internet, many of our traditional print, television and radio media partners also maintain an online presence, across numerous platforms, through which news is actively updated throughout the day.  The following media outlets are known for having a robust online news program: Tallahassee Democrat (Web, Facebook, Twitter), FSView & Florida Flambeau (Web, Facebook, Twitter), WCTV (Web, Facebook, Twitter) and WTXL (Web, Facebook, Twitter). Many individual local reporters also post actively to social media. 


30.) Traffic Message Boards

FSU has the ability to deploy portable, trailer-mounted, LED message boards typically seen at construction sites. These boards are an effective way of disseminating short messages to people commuting to campus.


31.) Seminole Cablevision

The University has the ability to display emergency information on Seminole Cablevision. Seminole Cablevision is the official cable television cable provider for FSU residence halls and other buildings on campus.


32.) Tumblr

As part of Florida State University’s FSU ALERT Emergency Notification System, FSU ALERT maintains an account on the popular blogging site, Tumblr. To find the FSU ALERT blog on Tumblr, go to: http://fsualert.tumblr.com. From there, click "Follow on Tumblr" to begin receiving posts in your feed.


33.) YouTube

As part of Florida State University’s FSU ALERT Emergency Notification System, FSU ALERT maintains an account on the popular video sharing site, YouTube.To find the FSU ALERT channel on YouTube, go to: http://www.youtube.com/user/MyFSUAlert. From there, click "Subscribe" to begin receiving posts in your feed.


34.) Instagram

As part of Florida State University’s FSU ALERT Emergency Notitifcation System, we have an account on the popular photo and video sharing site, Instagram. To find the Keep FSU Safe channel on Instagram, go to: http://instagram.com/KeepFSUSafe. From there, click "Follow" to begin receiving posts in your feed.


35.) Pinterest

As part of Florida State University’s FSU ALERT Emergency Notitifcation System, FSU ALERT maintains an account on the popular social media site, Pinterest. To find the FSU ALERT channel on Instagram, go to: http://www.pinterest.com/KeepFSUSafe. From there, click "Follow" to begin receiving posts in your feed.


36.) FSU Emergency People Locator

The University has the ability to activate a special emergency bulletin board of sorts to help our students, faculty and staff to virtually connect with their family members and friends. In the event of a significant emergency where telecommunications systems are overwehlmed, FSU can activate the "Emergency People Locator" system which will allow you to post a message about your status, whereabouts, and plans. Your family members and friends abroad can then look you up and see that you are OK.


37.) Word of Mouth

While this may be the emergency communication method we can control the least, it cannot be discounted. Word of mouth redissemination of FSU ALERT emergency information is one of the most effective and critical delivery methods available. You can do your part by relaying official FSU ALERT emergency information to your peers, friends, family members, or pretty much everyone you see on campus. Repost. Retweet. Quote. Whatever it takes to get the word out. Part of your responsibility in word of mouth spreading of information is to make sure that it is current and accurate. Share only official FSU ALERT information. During emergencies, people tend to exaggerate, embellish, and sometimes evenly blatantly spread lies and rumors. If you see or hear misinformation being spread, do your part to correct the source and redirect them back to official FSU ALERT channels.


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