Campus Emergency Notification Systems

Campus Emergency Notification Systems

Effective emergency notifications involve multiple modes of communication. There are multiple methods of emergency communications that the University uses and that community members and/or University visitors should be aware of when on campus. If there is a condition that threatens the health and safety of persons on campus, University officials will warn the campus community using one or more of the following delivery methods, in addition to the University's primary warning platform UD Alert:

  • University Home Page - The Office of Campus & Public Safety provides timely information and updates to the Communications and Public Affairs (CPA) office, which will post emergency information on the home page of the University's website (www.udel.edu).
  • UDaily - The Office of Campus & Public Safety provides timely information and updates to the Communications and Public Affairs (CPA) office, which is posted on UDaily, the University's online news source. In addition, a broadcast email may be distributed to all University email addresses. Additionally, anyone may subscribe to the UDaily news service by following this link. Subscribers will automatically receive emails concerning breaking UD news; crime alerts and related information.
  • Outdoor Public Address System - The University maintains an outdoor public address system located strategically throughout the Newark campus. In the event of an emergency, the public address system can be used to provide information and instructions to any person on campus.
  • University Telephone Information Line - The University maintains an information line for timely campus updates and general information. Call 302-831-2000 to take advantage of this service.
  • Live Safe App - The University of Delaware has launched a free smartphone safety app that enhances emergency communications while helping users prevent crime and better respond to incidents. The Live Safe app modernizes communication and permits he Office of Campus & Public Safety to send broadcast messages via email, SMS text, and smartphone alerts. The app supplements UD Alert messaging and also permits messaging on less-critical communications, such as road closures and weather-related closures and delays. The app is free to any individual and can be downloaded in the iTunes or Google Play store.
  • Social Media - The University Police Department works in collaboration with Communications and Public Affairs (CPA) to leverage social media in communicating real-time updates in an emergency. Follow the Police Department on Facebook and Twitter to receive the latest information. Typically, information posted by the University or the Police Department is cross-posted to each site for wider dissemination of the information, especially in an emergency.
  • Major Media Outlets - The University proactively provides major media outlets (i.e. regional radio, television, newspaper, and online media sources) with real-time information concerning any emergency impacting the campus. These outlets include Delawareonline, WDEL, WPVI, and the Newark Post, among others.