Emergency Notification System

The St. Thomas Emergency Notification System is used to notify campus of any imminent danger. The notification includes known locations and specific instructions in the event of an emergency.

Emergency Notifications are sent out via:

  • Email (to St. Thomas email addresses);
  • Campus phone system (residence halls, offices, campus housing);
  • Websites (OneStThomas and public web sites); and to
  • Registered cell/mobile phones (see below).

View past Emergency Alert Notifications.

How to change your enrollment in Emergency Notifications

Students, faculty, and staff who have provided their cell phone number via Murphy Online will receive voice and text messages from the Emergency Notification System. Students, faculty, and staff can also register the cell phone numbers of key family contacts.

  1. Log onto Murphy Online
  2. Under “Personal Information”, click on “University of St. Thomas Emergency Alert Notification System”
  3. Follow the instructions on the form and click “Submit Form and Save” when you are done.

Preparing for an Emergency

Prepare yourself in advance for any emergency by reviewing our emergency guides and creating your personal safety plan.

Campus Emergency Procedures

St. Thomas has defined clear processes and responsibilities for emergencies and safety-related situations. Read more about St. Thomas emergency procedures.

Issuing an Emergency Notification

The notification system (also called USTALERT or RAVE Alert) is administered through a partnership between Public Safety and Student Affairs, under the direction of the University Action and Response Team (UART).

We issue an Alert when an incident takes place on campus or close by. Notifications are related to specific types of incidents deemed emergencies by Public Safety. They include active shooters, incidents that require evacuation such as bomb threats or gas leaks, and incidents such as a power outage or severe weather that would cancel classes. When necessary, notifications will be accompanied by instructions to the campus community.

A test notification will go out once per semester to ensure the system is working properly.