What to Do


The University is committed to maintaining a safe campus environment. To this end, everyone in the campus community is encouraged to help by reporting conditions that may pose a risk to individuals or property. Do not assume that someone else will report observed concerns. Reports can be made to the following departments:

  • Facilities Management: (302) 831-1141
  • UDPD - Non-Emergency: (302) 831-8373 or (302) 831-2222
  • Department of Environmental Health & Safety: (302) 831-8475
  • Department of Public Safety: (302) 831-2222


How will the University communicate emergency information and updates to students, faculty, staff, and visitors during an emergency? The University of Delaware's primary emergency notification tool is UD Alert. UD Alert allows staff to send emergency messages within minutes of a situation and is typically activated only during situations where there is an imminent danger to the safety and welfare of students, faculty, and staff. Additional information on UD Alert, including how to sign up for the alerts or customize your alert notification modes, can be found at: http://www1.udel.edu/alert.

Alternative communication tools that will be used during an emergency include university email; university home page posting; broadcast messaging using the Live Safe App; use of the outdoor public address system; social media and local media outlets (print, television, and radio).


FEMA offers a host of courses that are free and open to the public. These are offered online through their independent study platform, as well as in person, either at the Emergency Management Institute or another host location. The Delaware Emergency Management Agency also is home to its own all-hazards training program that hosts courses, workshops, and exercises that cover a wide variety of emergency management topics. If you are interested in learning more about the training and exercises offered by FEMA, DEMA, or the Office of Campus and Public Safety, please contact the Associate Director of Emergency Management, Josh Kelly, at JoshK@udel.edu.


If you are interested in taking a more active role in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies and disasters, the following are active volunteer organizations that support communities in Delaware: