UT Alert News

UT Alert and Safety Notices 101

UT Police Department has received some questions about how they notify students about emergency situations that occur on or around our campus. There is also ongoing confusion about the difference between UT Alert text and e-mail messages and the e-mails that everyone receives that always start with “Safety Notice” in the subject line.

Practice is Key to Effective Emergency Response


Effective campus response to an emergency depends on being prepared. Just like playing a musical instrument or sport, prior knowledge and practice make a difference in performance. Drills are important to ensure effective response in high-stress situations.

UT Alert Test Set for 1:10 p.m. Wednesday, September 2


The university plans to test the UT Alert text and e-mail messaging system at 1:10 p.m. today. To ensure that the entire campus receives notification during an emergency, the UT Alert system sends messages to every student, faculty, and staff e-mail account.

Are You Prepared for Tornado Season?


Tornado season is quickly approaching. Do you know what to do when a tornado warning is issued for areas that include our campus? The university will send UTAlert text and e-mail messages to all campus community subscribers and activate the emergency blue phones when a tornado warning has been issued for the campus area. Make sure you are signed up to receive UTAlert messages by visiting the website.

Today’s UT Alert Test

Earlier this afternoon, the university tested the text messaging and e-mail messaging portions of its UT Alert notification system. If you did not receive the messages, visit the UT Alert page and verify your account information. UT Alert messages are sent only during serious emergencies that require you to act immediately or to be aware of an imminent threat to your safety. The UT Police Department also will use the system to let you know about major disruptions in campus schedules.

Have You Signed Up for UT Alert?

Did you get your UT Alert text message or e-mail message yesterday? The bank robbery at the University Center and subsequent evacuation prompted distribution of UT Alert messages to all subscribers. UT Alert is the campus notification system that allows the university to notify students, faculty, and staff via text message or e-mail message about an emergency. If you have not signed up, please take a few minutes to register online.

New Government Text Messages Differ from UT Alert System

The federal government is now text messaging smart phone consumers through their wireless carriers, regardless of whether they sign up for a notification system. People in other university communities have recently received these messages and confused them with their university’s emergency text message notification system. The federal messages are location-based and sent to people with smart phones that are capable of receiving the wireless emergency alerts through their carrier.

Sign Up for UT Alert Text and E-mail Messages

The university will be testing its UT Alert text messaging on Friday. There is still time to sign up to participate in the test. UT Alert allows students, faculty, and staff to be notified via text message or e-mail in the event of an emergency or campus closure. As part of Emergency Preparedness Month, the university encourages members of the campus community to learn more about potential emergencies and to take advantage of all safety resources.