Department ofEnvironmental, Health, Safety & Emergency Programs

Emergency Notification & Information

Impacted employees, students, and guests may be notified in one or more ways when an emergency incident is unfolding. The purpose of notifying the PLU community is to facilitate safe action/choices by individuals given the situation and the individual's environmental circumstances.

When an alarm sounds, get out of the building. Report alarm activation to Campus Safety at 535-7911. Sound the alarm by pulling the lever on the manual pull stations, which are often located near exit doors.

Emergency alerts may be issued by Campus Safety using the outdoor emergency (blue) phones. Some buildings have indoor public address systems, also. Messages may be automated or initiated by occupants with authority to use these systems.
Text/Phone/Email Emergency Messages

PLU Alert! informs the community of emergency incidents on or near campus in real time by sending 1) text and voice messages to cell phones, 2) voice messages to work phones and 3) emails to PLU email addresses.

It is not necessary to sign up to receive these emergency messages. Your Banner personal and professional contact data will be uploaded to the emergency message system.

Here is How it Works

In the event of an emergency that threatens the safety of the campus community, messages may be sent almost simultaneously to cell phone text and voice, work phone voice, and PLU email addresses.

Each message will conclude with a request for confirmation of receipt.  Timely confirmation will limit the repeat messages you are sent. Emergency messages will come in two cycles.

An emergency message from PLU will always begin with “PLU Alert!”. The message will briefly describe the emergency, suggest a course of safe action and refer you to sources of further information.

Up Date. To ensure that you receive emergency messages where you want them, check Banner to see that your contact information is current by visiting Click on “Enter Secure Area”, log into Banner, click on “Personal Information”, view or edit your contact information.

  • Be sure to put all seven digits of your cell phone number in the "Phone Number" box. Do NOT put the last four digits in the "Extension" box.
  • Enter your cell phone number in the cell phone field. You will not get text messages, if your cell phone is only listed in the home phone field.
  • Do not use spaces or dashes when entering phone numbers.
  • The system cannot dial international phone numbers.

Opt Out. If you do not wish to have emergency messages sent to your cell phone, you may opt out by selecting “Notifications and Preferences”, then “PLU Alert! Emergency Notification Preference” and then selecting the “Update PLU Alert Emergency Notification Preference” at the bottom of the page. If you change your mind, you may opt back in at any time.

You will continue to receive PLU Alert! message to your PLU email and work phone even if your cell phone is opted out.

PLU may interrupt regular TV programming on campus with an emergency alert message.
PLU has two separate phone trees; an academic and administrative phone tree and a residential phone tree. Campus Safety may initiate phone tree notification. The numbers listed on the phone tree typically go to a reception desk and/or the emergency building coordinator (EBC) or resident assistant who will share the information with others in their area of responsibility. EBCs and RDs are responsible for training call-takers to initiate emergency notification in their area of responsibility.
Look for website updates on the university home page (, when possible.
Check email often for notifications and updates, when possible.
PLU may activate this line with recorded incident information or weather closure information. 1.877.322.0872
PLU Students and employees can sign up to receive PLU weather or emergency email or text alerts from FlashAlert.Net or just go to this website directly to check on the status of PLU. You can also sign up to receive weather or emergency alerts from your child's school.
Please share accurate direction and information with others during emergency incidents.