Disaster Preparedness

USF Emergency Notification Systems

USF uses several systems to alert and inform students of emergencies and evacuation procedures.


Dons Alert is a system that allows the University of San Francisco's Department of Public Safety to send emergency notifications to the USF community. Notifications may be sent via email, phone call, and SMS text message to mobile devices. Through this system, communication will be sent out with instructions on where to go, what to do, whom to contact, and other information. The Department of Public Safety will determine whether notification to the community should occur. Notifications will be sent to all registered devices.


Loudspeakers located on the top of Toler Hall and the Lone Mountain campus may be activated for very urgent situations. - Note: Siren system being updated and is currently off line.


In collaboration with the University of San Francisco, the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management has installed an emergency broadcast tower on the roof of Lone Mountain’s main building.

Every Tuesday at noon, the siren and voice broadcast capabilities will be tested. Expect to hear a loud siren with a brief verbal message following explaining the details of the test.

The University of San Francisco will also have access to utilizing the system in the event of an emergency on campus. In addition to the city-wide test every Tuesday, the University of San Francisco will be conducting its own tests periodically. Tests will be preceded by a myUSF and email message.

Additional Emergency Resources

Emergency action information cards

Wallet-sized cards with critical information on emergency preparedness, including phone numbers, are available free of charge at the Department of Public Safety office located in the University Center, Fifth Floor. For more information, please contact the Office of Campus Resilience at (415) 422-4222.