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OU to Test Emergency Communication System on Feb. 22

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OU to Test Emergency Communication System on Feb. 22

February 20, 2024

The University of Oklahoma will conduct a university-wide test of its emergency communication system the morning of Thursday, Feb. 22.

The alert system, also known as RAVE, allows the university to keep students, faculty and staff informed of critical and/or important information regarding OU’s campuses in the event of a weather or safety emergency. The RAVE system is capable of using numerous alert methods, such as text messages, email, social media and/or phone calls.

For ongoing emergency incidents, the university will send regular updates through RAVE. “ALL CLEAR” notifications are sent when there is no longer a threat to campus.

During an emergency situation, official updates from the university are distributed via RAVE. This will be your best source of timely and ACCURATE information regarding the situation. For situations involving law enforcement, please only contact OUPD if you have relevant information about the event or are experiencing an emergency.

Emergency contact information currently on record for all OU students, faculty and staff has been pre-loaded into RAVE.

To update or to verify your emergency contact information, visit

This link may be used for individuals on all three campuses. On this page, you can also edit your contact settings to add a second phone number – such as that of a family member or loved one – to receive these alerts.

New RAVE Alert Email Address

Due to changes made by email providers to limit spoofing, email alerts sent through RAVE will now come from instead of Members of the OU communities do not need to take any action due to the change. The new email address will begin appearing in RAVE alerts beginning immediately.

Non-OU Community Members Can Opt In

Members of the campus communities, such as family members and neighboring merchants, may opt in to receive emergency alerts for any of OU’s three campuses. To opt in:

  • Norman Campus: Text “OUALERTS” to 67283
  • Health Sciences Center: Text “HSCAFFILIATE” to 226787
  • OU-Tulsa: Text “outulsa” to 67283

RAVE Alert Keywords to Know

Due to Federal Communications Commission regulations, OU RAVE alerts include one of three keywords. Each keyword indicates level of response required:

  • “Emergency” = Take Immediate Action
    This applies to significant emergency or dangerous situations involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees on campus. (e.g., tornado warning, fire or law enforcement emergency).
  • “Urgent” = Be Aware/Prepared
    This could include a campus closure (e.g., weather conditions) or a situation that requires awareness, but no immediate action (e.g., controlled power outage).
  • “Critical” = Indicates a Timely Warning
    Timely warnings are triggered by Clery Act crimes that have already occurred in OU’s geography but are considered a serious or ongoing threat to students or employees. Some examples include arson, burglary, aggravated assault, criminal homicide, motor vehicle theft, robbery and sex offenses.

For instance, an example of a RAVE alert indicating a tornado warning in Norman would be:

OU-NORMAN Emergency [TIME]: Tornado WARNING in effect for OU-NORMAN Campus. Seek shelter NOW inside the building you are in. Move to lowest floor/interior room.

Students and Employees at Remote Locations

OU students and employees who study or work at remote locations will receive RAVE alerts from the OU campus where their program resides but are also encouraged to register for emergency alerts specific to their geographic location. Depending on individual circumstances, this might be through a separate institution or local municipality.

More information about RAVE can be found at

About the University of Oklahoma

Founded in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a public research university located in Norman, Oklahoma. As the state’s flagship university, OU serves the educational, cultural, economic and health care needs of the state, region and nation. OU was named the state’s highest-ranking university in U.S. News & World Report’s most recent Best Colleges list. For more information about the university, visit

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