University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus

Emergency Plan for Nelson Poynter Memorial Library

In case of a campus emergency such as lockdowns and evacuations, there are several sources that will provide warnings and instructions.

Campus Alert Systems

  1. Mobull is USF's 'opt­-in' emergency alert system. In the event of an emergency, you will receive text messages direct to your cell phone that will inform you of conditions. You can get more information, and sign up, by going to
  2. Alertus Desktop is a computer application that will provide notifications directly to the desktop during emergencies. All staff and public computers in the library (including Room 218 and the circulation laptops) have the application installed.
  3. Telephone alerts can be broadcast to all staff telephones
  4. Email alerts can be emailed to all personnel USF email accounts
  5. Outdoor Speaker System will broadcast information and instructions in case of an emergency.


Other Notification/Information Sources

The sources can provide information both during and after an emergency. In case of a campus evacuation, they will let you know when the campus reopens.

    1. Updates on the University's home page at
    2. Emergency Information phone line: 727­873­4636
    3. University Police Official Emergency Alerts Page at­police­department/emergency­alerts
  2. UNNOFFICIAL SOURCES: Use as last resort.
    1. Local News
      1. NBC WFLA, Channel 8
      2. BH BN9, Channel 9
      3. CBS WTSP, Channel 10
      4. ABC WFTS, Channel 11
      5. FOX WTVT, Channel 13
    2. Tampa Bay Library Consortium (TBLC) Message Board
      1. Call in or email messages to be posted to the board at 813­622­8252 x102 or
      2. Use only when you cannot contact anyone at Nelson Poynter Library or USF St. Petersburg.
      3. . Go to for more information.

Suggestions for Staff

  1. Sign up for Mobull to keep track of current alerts at this University Police website:
  2. In case of a large scale evacuation you should have the contact information for your supervisor, the Library Dean, and other people in your department available, either with important papers or stored in your phone.
  3. You may also want to store the University’s Emergency Information line.
  4. If you have a smartphone, download one or more of the local news apps.