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SAFE-U is the University of Minnesota's mass notification text messaging system. It uses the Everbridge platform and allows the University to effectively communicate with our students, staff, faculty, and visitors in emergency situations.
If you received TXT-U messages in the past, you have been automatically opted into SAFE-U.
Tip: We recommend that you save 89361 and 87844 into your cell phone as a contact called “SAFE-U.” This way, when you receive an emergency text message from the U, “SAFE-U.” will appear as the sender.
Contact email@example.com to add numbers or update your phone number.
SAFE-U is in use on all five campuses of the U of M and messages are campus-specific. You are automatically registered to receive messages from the campus where you are primarily affiliated. If you have a need to receive messages from additional campuses, send a request by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You have the option to unsubscribe from, or opt out of, the system. To opt out of receiving notifications, send an email to email@example.com.
If you opt out of the SAFE-U system you will not receive emergency text messages and will not be added back into the system unless you choose to subscribe again by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAFE-U messages will be sent only when a dangerous condition exists on campus or for campus closures due to weather. You will receive emergency text messages from the campuses you have registered for.
The University does not charge you for the SAFE-U service. However, your cell phone carrier may charge you to receive text messages, so check your plan. If you have unlimited text messages, you will not be charged. Standard text messaging rates apply.
The University is using a service provider that works with all major cell phone providers. Text messages will be sent to your carrier for delivery to your phone. The exceptions are Google Voice, TextFree, and other such numbers. List your actual cell phone number instead.
SAFE-U is an extremely reliable emergency text messaging notification system. However, due to carrier restrictions, signal limitations, and other factors, the University cannot guarantee that all phones registered for SAFE-U will promptly receive every message sent.
With a five-campus system as large as the University of Minnesota's, no single method of communication can effectively reach everyone during an emergency. SAFE-U is one of many tools the University uses to distribute emergency information. Other tools include:
The University's goal is to communicate emergency information in many different ways to ensure that the most people receive notification as quickly as possible.
SAFE-U messages will give you instructions. If you are in class, tell the instructor about the message so she or he can announce it to others.
Contact email@example.com or 612-625-8047. Be sure to include your name, U of M email address, and your cell phone number in your message.