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.
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.
- Alerts Page (alerts.fsu.edu)
The University has established a dedicated emergency information web page, FSU ALERTS! 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.
- Home Page (www.fsu.edu)
The University has the ability to post emergency notification messages on its main university website. 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.
- 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 >>.
- 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 >>.
- SMS Text Messages
The University has the ability to send SMS text messages to the registered mobile phones of current students, faculty, staff. We apologize, but family, friends, alumni and other interested parties are not eligible to receive SMS text messages directly from FSU. Learn More >>.
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 and staff. We apologize, but family, friends, alumni and other interested parties are not eligible to receive E-mail alerts directly from FSU.
- 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 >>
- 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.
- (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.
- Voice Phone Calls (Limited)
The University has the ability to make voice telephone calls to select populations, including the Emergency Management Team, and approved Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) clients. Due to technological limitations, we do not make voice calls to the general student, faculty or staff population.
- 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.
The University has purchased a number 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.
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.
- myFSU Mobile App (iOS,and Android)
The University has added FSU ALERT information to the myFSU Mobile app available for iOS, Android, 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.
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 SeminoleSAFE provides the same alerts plus additional safety information, preparedness tips and educational content intended to foster a "Culture of Safety and Preparedness" on campus.
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 SeminoleSAFE 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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 Central, Canvas, FSU Campus WIFI.
- 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 site,, look for the "Stay Connected!" button on the right-hand side of the page. Enter your desired E-mail address and click "Go!"
- 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.
- 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).
- Word of Mouth
Word of mouth redissemination of FSU ALERT emergency information can be 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. Part of your responsibility is to make sure that the message 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 direct them to official FSU ALERT Page.