Emergency Communication Tools

In the event of a campus emergency, Oklahoma State University may use a variety of tools to communicate to the campus and the public.   Depending on the nature of the emergency, OSU may use all or some of the following:

  • Text and Voice Alerts – The AT&T RAVE system is available to all campus faculty, staff, and students.  You can register your phone to receive a text message and/or voicemail through your Okey account.
  • Siren System – Sirens are tested around 11:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of every month.  They can deliver a siren warning and/or public address announcement in the event of certain emergencies.
  • PA System – Various campus buildings have PA systems that can alert those in the building of an emergency situation and provide response details.
  • University Group Email – The university may send “urgent” e-mails to the entire campus providing notification and directions during an emergency.
  • Social Media – OSU will use Facebook, Twitter and other social media tools to provide updates on campus closures or emergency situations.
  • Cable TV/Campus Monitors – OSU has the ability to override the campus cable system, providing emergency notification via the campus TV system in many university buildings and residential housing.
  • Local Media – The OSU Communications office works with local media – radio, television, newspapers -- to help announce and update campus closures or emergency situations.
  • Weather Radios – Various offices across campus have weather radios that provide the latest in severe weather information.
  • Patrol Car Announcements – Campus police cars are equipped with PA systems that allow officers to communicate during emergencies.
  • Calling Trees – Many university departments and organizations have call trees in place to notify their employees and students of an emergency situation.
  • Campus Safety Website – You may want to bookmark this page (add link to main safety page), which provides links to a variety of safety information and will be updated with details during actual emergencies or campus closures.

The OSU Police department and the vice president for administration and finance are typically the people who deliver emergency information to university administration. Upon considering this information, administration develops the messages and activates appropriate communications.

In emergency situations where immediate action is required, OSU Police may activate sirens and employ other tools.