JSU Emergency Alert System

Jacksonville State University encourages all students, faculty and staff to update their emergency contact number(s) in the JSU Emergency Alert System, the University's primary emergency notification system. Although college campuses are usually safe places, emergencies and disasters do occur. JSU is committed to keeping the campus community as safe as possible through effective communication prior to, during and following emergencies. JSU Emergency Alert allows students, faculty and staff to receive emergency messages via phone, text message, e-mail, and social media. Both voice and text messages may be sent to cell phones. 

Other than tests or other relevant public safety information, this system will ONLY be used for emergencies requiring immediate action on the part of the JSU community.

Some Types of Messages and Their Explanation

Emergency Message Explanation of Message
There is an active threat at ___________. Execute your active threat response plan. Updates to follow. There is a very serious emergency on campus. Do not enter the campus. Active threat responses include the run, hide, fight concept depending on your proximity to the threat.
At this time the threat to JSU has passed. Please continue to monitor your local media source for further updates. Situation is clear of known threats. Return to previous operations, but keep situational awareness.
Due to an emergency, please vacate the JSU main campus safely. Additional details will follow. This is a general emergency alert notice. Please proceed to the near exit and begin a safe evacuation of the campus. If you are off campus, do not enter campus until the all clear is given.
JSU severe weather warning. Wait for additional instructions. (Tornado Warning -Seek Tornado Shelter Immediately) A severe weather warning has been issued for Calhoun County. This includes warnings for thunderstorms, severe winds, blizzards, tornados, etc. A location will be included in the message, such as the "basement."
There is a temporary phone outage at JSU. If you need to make phone contact with UPD, please call 256-689-2018. Campus phone lines are not operating normally. To contact UPD, use our cellphone number for emergencies.
Calhoun County has been placed under a severe weather warning. Tune to your local media source for updates. Be weather aware. Check your local media sources such as the news, social media, weather app, etc. for information that may affect you. Take precautions to ensure your safety.
A tornado warning has been issued. Take appropriate safety measures and tune to your local media source for updates. Conditions indicate a possible tornado. Go to your safe place. If you are in an academic building or residence hall, go to the lowest level away from windows. If you are in a vehicle, find a building such at UPD at Salls Hall
A tornado watch has been issued. Tune to your local media source for updates. Be weather aware. Check your local media sources such as the news, social media, weather app, etc. for information that may affect you. Take precautions to ensure your safety.


Student and Faculty/Staff Information

Instructions on how to add or change cell phone information for JSU Alert (the Emergency Notification System)

  1. Log on MyJSU and click on the “Update Addresses and Phones” link under Links

  2. This will take you to the "Personal Information" tab where you will see a header that says “Addresses and Phones” click on the link “Primary” that is located next to phones.

  3. This will take you to the “Update Addresses and Phones” page where you will enter or update your cell phone information.  Under “Phone Type” click on Cell Phone and then enter or cell phone number or modify your cell phone number if you currently have one listed and would like to change that number.   Be sure to click the “Submit” button when you are done so updates will be saved.

  4. Please contact the Technology Support Center @ ext 8324 (TECH) if you have any questions regarding how to enter or change your cell phone number for the Emergency Notification System.



Parent and Visitor Sign-up for JSU Alerts. Employees and Student can also create an individual account.

Sign up for JSU Alerts, our Emergency Notification System, to be notified of campus emergencies.