Disaster Preparedness

USF Emergency Notification System

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

USF Alert

After an emergency, the university may send notification to the campus community through USF Alert. These messages may be tailored to be sent via phone call, SMS text message, and through USF email.

Please follow these instructions to ensure that you will receive these alert notifications.

USF’S Outdoor Siren System

Loudspeakers located on the top of Toler Hall and the Lone Mountain campus may be activated for very urgent situations.

University Sirens

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.

Building Marshals

Building marshals manage and coordinate crime prevention and emergency response protocols for evacuations, lockdown, and other situations. Every building has a marshal who is a volunteer trained by the Office of Campus Resilience in the university’s emergency procedures. During an emergency, building marshals can be identified by their yellow vests and directional flash lights. Their instructions should be followed.

KUSF Radio 90.3 FM & Digital Signage

Check the campus radio station and campus video monitors for information after an emergency notification.

Emergency Action Information Wallet Cards

Wallet-sized cards with critical information on emergency preparedness, including phone numbers, are available free of charge at the Public Safety Office, University Center Fifth Floor.

For more information, contact the Office of Campus Resilience at (415) 422-4222.

Emergency Preparedness Educational Series

Together with the Office of Campus Resilience, the Department of Public Safety hosts informational sessions for faculty and staff on a variety of emergency preparedness topics.

The Office of Campus Resilience and the Department of Public Safety will be holding a series of active shooter informational sessions for the USF Community.

Recent events have unfortunately once again further illustrated the need for this type of education and these informational sessions are the first step in a larger rollout of educational opportunities by the University of San Francisco to increase awareness of the topic around campus. Below are dates, times, and locations for these sessions. Both the Department of Public Safety and the Office of Campus Resilience will provide this education and answer any questions you may have about this topic.

Informational Sessions: Active Shooter: Personal Safety, Preparedness, and Prevention

  • Currently there are no sessions scheduled. Please check this space in the future for upcoming sessions.

The Department of Public Safety encourages all students, faculty, and staff to have a personal disaster preparedness plan. In collaboration with the surrounding community, to include local, state, and federal agencies, we provide adequate emergency preparedness training opportunities in order for the USF community to respond collectively, quickly, and effectively to any disaster.

View our disaster preparedness plans

Emergency Services

For emergencies, call (415) 422-2911 or extension 2911 from any on-campus phone. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Contact Info

Department of Public Safety

Mon.Thurs. 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Fri. 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Administrative Office
University Center 5th Floor
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

(415) 422-4222 (415) 666-3323