2021 Annual AlertSU Test

On Thursday, October 28, at approximately 12:05 p.m., Stanford University will conduct its annual test of the campus AlertSU system. Alert messages will be sent via text message and email to the Stanford community. Due to the number of community members off campus VoIP speaker phones will not be tested. The test will also include activation of the outdoor warning system, which will sound an audible tone for approximately 30 seconds, followed by a verbal message from each of the 7 sirens at various campus locations. The sirens will be audible throughout the campus and may also be heard in parts of the surrounding communities, including Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Los Altos.

In the test message sent to your device, you will be asked to acknowledge the message. This is an important step that will help us monitor the success of this test. If you receive both a text and email, you only need to acknowledge one of the messages. 

Prior to the test, it is important you verify that your contact information is correct in StanfordYou for faculty/staff and Axess for students. Make sure there is an entry in the mobile phone field, as this is the most rapid and direct way of communication with you during an emergency. As a reminder: 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 click here for step by step instructions on how to enter your contact information in StanfordYou or visit https://police.stanford.edu/alert/alertsu-faq.html for more information.

Additionally, in order to know you are receiving an official AlertSU message, please program the following information into your mobile phone contacts.

  • Email Address: alertsudps@lists.stanford.edu
  • Phone Number: 650-725-5555
  • Text Message phone number: 89361

If there were a real emergency, you would be asked to follow the specific instructions in the alert message. Other avenues that might be used to inform the community about critical incidents include:

Upon receipt of an AlertSU message, notify others in your immediate vicinity to ensure they are also aware of the situation and the recommended safety precautions. 

For more information about the AlertSU system, please visit the AlertSU FAQ page at: https://police.stanford.edu/alertsu-faq.html. Evacuation procedures and how to respond to other emergencies can be found on the following resource pages.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Stanford Department of Public Safety