Emergency Notifications for the Campus Community

UTSA uses a variety of methods to notify students, faculty and staff about emergencies or developing situations. Explore the different options below to learn how the university keeps you informed and updated.

UTSA Today and University Social Media

The university posts information and updates on UTSA Today and the university's official social media channels, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

UTSA Alerts Emergency Notification System 

In the event of a campus-wide incident threatening life safety, the university will activate the UTSA Alerts system, which is an enhanced emergency telephone, text and email notification system for students, faculty and staff. When activated, the system will send emergency information and protective actions to registered recipients. The UTSA Alerts system is tested monthly.

To sign up, log in to MyUTSA Account and select “UTSA Alerts” under the "Personal Information" tab. You can also update your contact information and customize your notification settings.

Giant Voice Mass Notification System

The university uses an indoor/outdoor mass notification system at the Main Campus, Downtown Campus and Institute of Texan Cultures. The system features eight outdoor siren towers that optimally can be heard within 1,600 feet of each tower on the Main Campus. In an emergency, the high-power sirens broadcast alerts via a live or recorded voice message tailored to the emergency situation. Most buildings feature an indoor emergency notification system, which utilizes the fire alarm system speakers to broadcast emergency messages.

Alertus Desktop Notification & e-Panic Button

During a campus emergency, the Risk and Emergency Management can send a desktop notification with life safety information via a scrolling ticker, pop-up window or full-screen override.

The ePanic button on university desktop computers allows students, faculty and staff to send a silent alert to the UTSA Police Department dispatch if they find themselves in distress. 

UTSA LiveSafe App

The LiveSafe app allows students, faculty staff and visitors to quickly and easily report suspicious activity to the UTSA Police Department or access important safety resources, including a virtual Safewalk option. Download LiveSafe on your mobile phone from Google Play or the App Store. Register with your phone number, and select “The University of Texas at San Antonio” as your school.