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Emergency Mass Notification

CornellALERT Emergency Notification System Test on April 17, 2019 at 12:10 p.m.

On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at 12:10 p.m., Cornell University will conduct a semi-annual test of the CornellALERT emergency notification systems. Tests will include notifications sent through voice and text messaging, email, CUView digital screens, Cornell’s Facebook account, Cornell’s Twitter feed and by sirens and public address systems.

To stay informed during an emergency, all Cornell community members are strongly encouraged to opt in to receive alerts either via text or voice messages. Please follow the instructions on how to receive CornellALERT messages to opt in, to update your information, or to verify that your information is correct.

This is also a good time to sign up to receive community emergency alerts and notifications from local and state government.

24 October, 2018 EMN Test Results:

The test of the siren/PA systems was successful with three of the four sirens firing and annunciation reported to be within acceptable limits. The fourth siren was down for maintenance at the time of the test.  Testing of the voice and sms (text) messaging campaigns was successful.  Digital signage alerting and  RSS feeds to social media sites was successful. The Rave Guardian smart phone application alerting was successful.

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 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: