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Emergency Mass Notification

April 18 , 2023, EMN Test Results:

EMN Test Summary

On Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at 12:10 p.m., Cornell University conducted a semi-annual test of the CornellALERT emergency notification systems. This included the dissemination of the testing message to multiple communication platforms such as the siren/PA systems at 4 locations across campus, voice, email, and SMS (text) messaging campaigns, digital signage, desktop takeover methods of alerting, RSS feeds to social media sites and the Rave Guardian app. Each of these platforms was monitored and assessed both during and after the test and determined to be successful.  The feed to the Facebook social media site did not work with no indication as to reason.  However, since this time, other communications have loaded properly.

Campus-wide Emergency

When there is a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of the University community, an Emergency Mass Notification (EMN) is distributed without delay to the entire University community using one or many of the campus EMN systems.  An EMN notification would not be distributed only if it could compromise efforts to contain the emergency.

  • If you receive a SMS (text message) or Voice message, you should promptly follow the directions given in the message and move to a safe place.
  • If a siren (Hear the Tone) is sounded, you should promptly follow the instructions given after the initial tone and move to a safe place
  • Following the immediate notification from any of the above systems, you should go to a safe location and monitor for additional information and instructions.

To sign up for CornellALERT messages:

  • Students, Employees, and Affiliates should enter their contact information on the Emergency Notification Personal Contact Preferences web page.
  • Cornell community members can also receive CornellALERT
    messages by installing the Rave Guardian app on your phone and
    activating it for the Cornell Ithaca Campus. Only those with an
    active NETID will be allowed to register for the App.
  • Visitors to Cornell’s Ithaca campus and Parents can sign up to receive CornellALERT text notifications by texting “CornellVisitor” to 226787. You can stop receiving messages at any time by texting “STOP” to 226787. On August 1st of each year there will be a system generated “STOP” at which point you will need to re-enroll if you wish to continue receiving CornellALERT messages.  Please note:  messages to international numbers may be slightly delayed dependent upon the country.

To contact the Cornell Police:

Call 911 (from campus phones), (607) 255-1111 (from cell phones or off-campus phones) or pick up one of the Blue Light phones installed around campus.  Calling 911 from a cell phone will connect the caller to the Tompkins County emergency dispatcher, who will forward the call to the Cornell Police.  Dial these numbers to report incidents such as an accident, a serious injury, a crime in progress, a fire, or chemical spill.

Weather Emergency

In the event of an adverse weather condition such as a blizzard or ice storm, you should check the Operating Status web page ; for status of University operations.  Condition updates such as delayed university openings, road closings, and university closings will be available on this site, and, through subsequent e-mails and local media as necessary.
For additional weather information, go to Inclement Weather Planning: