KU’s emergency notification system

KU Alert is the university’s emergency notification system to keep students, faculty, staff and visitors informed in the event of an emergency that could affect their health and safety.

To reach the most people in a timely manner, KU has invested in a multi-tiered system:

Text messages: To receive a KU Alert text message, sign up here: (You must have a KU online ID.)

E-mail messages: If you have a KU e-mail account, you will automatically receive KU Alert email messages.

Public address system: KU’s police dispatchers are able to broadcast alerts and instructions through fire alarms in nearly two-thirds of campus buildings (all classroom buildings and large gathering venues).

Phone messages: Depending on the circumstance, voicemail messages may be sent to all campus phones (864 and 312 prefixes) with active Jaytalk accounts.

864-SNOW: This phone line is activated if bad weather forces the delay or cancellation of classes or the closure of campus.

Local media: The university will utilize local media to inform the university community.

Web resources: The university will use its home page, http://www.ku.edu, and its KU Alert information site — alert.ku.edu — as the official online location for information updates. Please visit alert.ku.edu and review its recommended procedures for a variety of potential emergency events.

What can you do?

  • We rely on you to keep your emergency contact information up to date. Go to https://sa.ku.edu and update the contact information for you and your emergency contacts, including parents, guardians, spouses and partners.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Locate emergency exits or shelters in buildings you work in or often visit.
  • In event of severe weather, rely on local media or a NOAA weather radio for forecasts, watches and warnings.

Law enforcement: KU’s Public Safety Office maintains a 24-hour operation, employing 911 dispatchers, noncommissioned security officers and commissioned law enforcement personnel. Uniformed officers patrol the campus on foot, on bicycles and in marked police cars. Its communications office also monitors a closed-circuit cameras in parking lots and public areas surrounding all major residence halls, including Templin, Lewis, Hashinger, Ellsworth, McCollum, Oliver, Gertrude Sellards Pearson and Corbin.

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