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Emergency Notification

Rave Alert Wireless Short Message Service

All Samford students and employees are automatically registered for the free Rave Alert system to receive emergency notices via their Samford e-mail addresses. Students and employees also may opt to receive text messages to their mobile phones by registering a mobile phone number online. (Mobile service plans may charge for the delivery of text messages.) Follow the steps below to register a mobile phone number: 

  1. Go to and log in with your Samford-issued user name and password (the same user name and password for e-mail and other Samford services).
  2. New users will be prompted to enter a mobile phone number. Return users should click the “Edit” link in the box for a mobile number.
  3. Enter a mobile phone number in the space provided and proceed to the confirmation steps.
  4. The Rave Alert system will send a test message to your mobile phone. The message will contain a code for you to enter on the website to confirm receipt of the message and complete the registration process.

The Rave Alert system allows users to add up to three e-mail addresses and three telephone numbers to receive notices. This allows one to add a parent, spouse or other party interested in receiving university emergency notices.

Use of the Rave Alert system is restricted to emergencies. Information supplied to the Rave Alert system will not be used to send general university announcements or other nonemergency communications.

If an emergency situation exists, the carillon (bell tower) atop Davis Library may ring a single bell for five minutes. Check for e-mail or text messages that contain additional information.


Severe Weather

The most likely emergencies are weather related. Public Safety and Emergency Management personnel monitor the National Weather Service for warnings specific to the campus and surrounding area. Emergency notification systems are activated only when there is a direct threat to the Samford campus. Jefferson County emergency sirens are sounded when there is a tornado warning for any part of the county and may be audible even though Samford has not activated its emergency notification system. However, take cover until you have assurance that the warning does not include the Samford campus.