SIU Emergency Notification

SIU Emergency Notification system

SIU uses multiple systems of emergency communication to distribute news and instructions during an emergency, including:

  • Internet
  • Text messaging
  • Email
  • Radio
  • Loudspeakers
  • Person-to-person

Before an emergency, please make yourself aware of all of the distribution methods.


During an emergency, this page will contain information, instructions and contacts regarding the situation. 

Text messaging and Email

The Rave Mobile Safety alert system is used to send emergency text messages to cellphones and to campus email addresses of students, faculty and staff. The message may alert you to an emergency situation, including university closures, asking you to take action or both. The system provides some weather warnings, including severe thunderstorm, tornado, flash flood and winter storm. Because the messages are short, you may need to go to another source of university emergency information for more details.

To receive emergency text messages, students must have current contact information in SalukiNet. (View instructions for students) Students will receive alerts via email as long as they have claimed their account and created an email address. Students can also add a parent's phone or email through this process.

Faculty and staff must provide a current cellphone number through the Human Resources Self-Service system to receive emergency text messages. (View instructions for faculty and staff) Your SIU email address is automatically entered into the alert system.


A selected network of locations and personnel on campus is set up to receive SIU Alerts from the Department of Public Safety and in turn, notify the occupants of their building of the emergency. These messages are communicated through a radio notification system that can reach the Southern Illinois Airport and Touch of Nature. More than 200 scanners were provided to campus personnel for the network.

You can listen to the SIU emergency broadcasts on 453.800 MHz.


Loudspeakers exist in a number of buildings on campus, including:

  • Recreation Center
  • Student Center
  • Brush Towers
  • Student Health Center
  • SIU Arena

During an emergency, a loudspeaker system may be used to convey SIU Alerts and/or other information. Please note there are also warning sirens for campus and the city of Carbondale. These are activated by the City of Carbondale Emergency Management Services.

Building Emergency Response Team (BERT)

A network of volunteer personnel is developed to assist with the creation of emergency response plans and procedures. These personnel work not only as a large team, but also as individual building teams to develop, implement, inform and test emergency procedures in all buildings on campus.

During an emergency, the BERT team will provide information relevant to your building, including evacuation, assembly and SIU Alerts. Take time to learn who the BERT leader is for your building. This information is on the BERT website and on Emergency Response Posters located in your building.