What is SFU Alerts?
SFU Alerts is an urgent notification system that will allow the university to quickly contact students, faculty and staff by a variety of methods.
Your information will enable SFU to notify you via:
- Text messages (SMS) to mobile devices (Cellphones, BlackBerrys, etc.)
- Instant messages: AIM/AOL, MSN, and Yahoo
- Emails to SFU and non-SFU addresses
- Calls to home, office, or mobile phone numbers
Why should I update my information?
With SFU Alerts, you can receive urgent notifications even when you're away from your computer or office phone.
Login to the Student Information System (for students), or myInfo (for faculty and staff) to get started. Make sure your contact information is up to date, and that your phone numbers correspond to the correct type of phone (for example make sure your cellphone number is listed under "Cell phone," your home number under "Home," etc.).
Log into the system anytime to change or add contact information.
How does it work?
During an urgent situation, SFU Alerts will begin cycling through your contact information, beginning with a text message to your cell.
What's an "urgent" notification?
This includes any security or safety situation that requires you to leave or avoid an area of the university. We would also advise you if the university is closing one or more campuses (because of snow or other problem) or is on standby to close.
Why not stick with the old systems?
SFU will continue to send emergency alerts by university-wide email and by notices on SFU.ca However SFU Alerts system is a faster delivery system. An email broadcast can take well over two hours to spread the word. SFU Alerts will reach the community in minutes.
Special report on April 9 test of SFU Alerts