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Emergency Information

Health & Safety

Keeping Lumberjacks safe

Our public safety team is dedicated to keeping everyone on campus safe and is the primary issuer of campus alerts. That’s why we have a comprehensive emergency operations plan that prepares us to handle virtually any campus emergency, from isolated incidents to full-scale natural disasters.

The SFA campus is equipped with several systems to keep you safe on campus, including an emergency alert system, emergency call boxes, various community oriented services and a personal mobile phone safety app.

How to stay safe on campus

We have a variety of services and programs in place to help keep all Lumberjacks safe:

  • Emergency call boxes (blue light phones)
  • Outdoor siren
  • Vehicle assists (lockouts/jump-starts)
  • Escorts & evening shuttle services
  • JackAlert/Rave Guardian campus emergency notification
  • Lumberjack Guardian mobile phone app
  • Safety and crime prevention programs
  • Automated electronic defibrillators (AEDs)
  • Crime prevention tips

Campus emergencies

In the event of an emergency, Lumberjacks are alerted by the JackAlert/Rave Guardian campus emergency notification system. Outdoor sirens may also be sounded, depending on the nature of the emergency.

This campus notification system is in compliance with the Clery Act requirement for Timely Notifications to provide students, faculty and staff with timely notification of crimes that represent a serious or continuing threat to the campus community and heighten awareness. Please review the Timely Warning Policy.

JackAlerts (text, email, phone, web)


Once you’ve registered, alert calls, emails and text messages are sent to every device, number and address that has been entered on JackAlert/Rave Guardian. To register, Log onto mySFA and click on the red "Register to Get Campus Alerts" button. Emails are also sent to all student, faculty and staff SFA email addresses.

Television alert broadcast:

Notifications are also broadcast on some campus televisions. (To show notifications, TV’s must be connected to the campus cable TV provider and have the appropriate tuner installed.)

Website and social media:

On SFA’s website, a bright yellow banner will be displayed at the top of every webpage announcing the alert. Website visitors can click on the banner to access information and updates as available. The University will also issue alert information on Facebook and Twitter.

The JackAlert/Rave Guardian system is tested during the first week of each month.

Outdoor siren system (severe weather, active emergency

Outdoor sirens are sounded when there is severe weather or an active emergency situation on campus. The sirens are located on the roof of the Ralph W. Steen Library. While the sirens may be heard inside some buildings on campus, the system is only designed to provide an audible alert outdoors.

There are two different sirens – you can listen to them now:

The siren system is tested on the first Wednesday of each month at approximately 11:55 a.m.

What constitutes a campus-wide emergency?

  • Severe weather event
  • Environmental hazard situation
  • Active emergency on campus (imminent threat to campus safety other than weather)

What to do in the event of an emergency

Evacuate the building if there is a danger inside or near it.

  • Leave the building, and assist the disabled.
  • Take your valuables and cell phone with you.
  • Proceed to the assembly area outside.
  • Remain in place until the all-clear communication from officials.

Find safe, indoor shelter if there is severe weather or an active emergency.

  • Seek shelter inside the nearest building, away from any windows or doors.
  • Remain in place until the all-clear communication from officials.

Run, hide or fight as appropriate if there is violence on campus.

  • Call 911 if you can.
  • Warn others if possible.
  • Run away if you can, or hide (barricade, turn out lights and remain quiet).
  • As a last resort, fight to defend yourself.
  • Remain in place until the all-clear communication from officials.

Printable poster

Calling 911

In the event of an emergency, you should call 911. If you dial 911 from any University phone, you will be connected to campus police. If you wish to reach the Nacogdoches Police Department, dial 911 from your cell phone.


University Police Department
Fax: 936.468.3984

Police services available 24 hours a day.

232 E. College St.
PO Box 13062, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3062