PLU Alert!

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.