AlertSU is Stanford University's emergency notification strategy used to communicate time-sensitive information during an emergency event affecting campus. The nature of the incident will determine which of the following methods will be employed to alert the campus community:
Mass Notification System that sends messages via SMS text message, email, and/or phone to members of the Stanford community
Outdoor Warning System composed of seven sirens positioned throughout main campus that emit alert tones and verbal instruction intended to reach those who are outdoors
The AlertSU mass notification system is programmed to send alerts to all registered students, faculty, and staff. Emeriti and university affiliates may opt-in to receive AlertSU notifications as well.
Students and Post-docs:
Students and post-docs update their information through Axess.
University policy requires that students include the following:
Stanford email address
local phone number
(at least) one additional point of contact.
Contact information is removed from the AlertSU system when University affiliation changes (for students - graduation or leave of absence; for faculty/staff - change in employment status).
Faculty / Staff / Emeriti & Affiliates:
The University requires that employees maintain their directory entry and opt in to AlertSU with their work phone number, email address, and any university-issued or reimbursed cell phone number.
Please allow the system 24 hours to implement any changes to contact information.
Faculty and staff may update their AlertSU contact information in StanfordYou under the "Maintain your directory and AlertSU emergency contact information" link.
The following fields in the "Maintain your directory and AlertSU emergency contact information" section of Stanfordyou are loaded into the AlertSU system:
SU Contact Info
Email address: Directory Listing Email
Email address: Optional Secondary Email (may be a non-Stanford email address; must be a complete address, i.e., email@example.com )
Mobile Contact Info
Mobile contact info: Mobile Phone (must enter all 10 digits of number; international numbers are not recognized by the AlertSU system)
Work phones: Work Phone 1
Work phones: Work Phone 2
Home Phones & Address
Permanent Phone & Address: Phone (international numbers are not recognized by the AlertSU system)
Temporary Phone & Address: Temporary Phone
If you wish to receive voice or text messages on a personal phone enter that information into your Stanford directory account and verify the opt in box above the number is checked. If you do not check the box indicating "OK to use for AlertSU", the number will not be added to the AlertSU system.
Emeriti and university affiliates sponsored at any level are eligible to opt themselves into the AlertSU mass notification system through the StanfordYou website. The opt in/out section is under the "Maintain your directory and AlertSU emergency contact information" link on the site. Affiliates may also be opted in by their sponsor in the Sponsorship Manager portal.
Similar to AlertSU, SoM Alert is an emergency notification strategy used to communicate time-sensitive information during an emergency event affecting campus, however, it is targeted to only individuals who are affiliated with the School of Medicine.
SoM Alert is a sub-group from AlertSU. By maintaining your information to receive AlertSU alerts you will automatically be pulled into the SoM Alert sub-group if you work or are affiliated with the School of Medicine.
The Office of Facilities, Planning and Management uses mailing lists (Mailman) to communicate building specific information, such as any facilities maintenance and construction activities and/or any safety and emergency information to School of Medicine building occupants. Use of these building mailman list is exclusive to these purposes and postings to these lists are moderated.