Media Advisory

UF Alert Emergency Notification System Test Set For Thursday

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The University of Florida will conduct a test of its UF Alert emergency notification system for the Gainesville campus between 11:30 and 11:45 a.m. Thursday.

Test messages will be sent via text messaging and email to all faculty, staff and students. The messages will also post to UF Alert social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter), the UF home page, IP telephones and Department of Housing and Residence Education visual displays.

The audio portion of the message will broadcast to essentially all Cisco IP telephones on the UF campus as well as outdoor speakers in 15 high-pedestrian traffic areas such as the Plaza of the Americas, the Reitz Student Union North Lawn, Turlington Plaza and the Sun Terrace at the UF Health Science Center.

In addition, most UF academic classrooms and class laboratories on campus include an IP telephone or speaker to receive broadcasted UF Alerts.  The audio message may repeat for up to two minutes during the test. 

The emergency text messaging system is used only in cases when a threat may affect the university’s campus. In such cases, the UF home page is the official source of university emergency-related information. The UF community can review emergency response and evacuation procedures online at

Contact: Steve Orlando, 352-846-3903 or