Emergency Communication

The University places a high priority on communicating emergency information and utilizes a multi-layered toolbox for providing information to faculty, staff, and student populations. Those avenues of communication include the following:

Emergency Text Message

More information on emergency text messages

Network Messaging

Allows the University to send messages to all University computers almost instantly, informing constituents at the main and regional campuses of weather alerts or other emergencies.

University’s Home Page

On the Web site at https://www.semo.edu/ – watch for a flashing “Urgent Alert” which will convey any emergency communication.

My Southeast

(https://portal.semo.edu/cp/home/displaylogin ) is the campus portal which can be accessed by all students, faculty and staff.


The Southeast Newswire is the faculty/staff e-mail news. Special editions of the Newswire will be distributed to all faculty and staff in case of an emergency.

Outdoor Warning/Siren System

Will sound a series of sirens in case of a weather alert and can be voice activated with announcements in case of other emergency situations.

Indoor Emergency Announcement System

Is in the implementation process across the campus.This system will allow emergency communications to be made inside all campus buildings. The implementation process has several phases for installation over a period of several years.The first goal will be to implement the system in the residence halls.

Direct Ring Red Phones

Southeast has installed direct ring emergency telephones on each floor of every academic building on campus. In case of an emergency, faculty, staff or students can use the phones as a direct link to the University's Department of Public Safety.

Evacuation Routes & Quick Reference

University buildings are posted with evacuation route signs to aid with emergency building evacuation. Posted near the evacuation routes, emergency quick reference charts provide basic response tips for common emergencies.

Social Media

Southeast uses various social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter for information sharing during an emergency to improve rapid real time communication with a broad audience that raises situation awareness during an incident.


Audix is the campus telephone voice message system which allows voice messages to be left on university telephones. Residence students must opt for a land-line phone to use this service.

Contacting Police and Emergency Preparedness

From a University Extension

To contact University Police, Fire, or Ambulance, dial 911.

From a Cell Phone

Because cell phones will not always connect to the closest 911 call center, please program the University Police 24-hour Emergency Number into your cell phone: 573-651-2911. Call this number to report a campus emergency or crime from your cell phone to ensure the quickest response.


(573) 651-2215


Street Address
1401 N. Sprigg
Cape Girardeau, MO

Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 7275
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701