Emergency Procedures

Students, faculty and staff should follow emergency procedures to keep themselves safe and free emergency responders to resolve an incident quickly.

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Severe Weather

The Buffalo Niagara region of Western New York can at times experience severe weather. Winter weather can be especially unpredictable and may affect each campus differently. It is important for the university community to be prepared to take action if severe weather notifications or warnings are issued.

  • Always use good judgment before deciding to travel on or off campus.
  • Dress appropriately for anticipated weather conditions.
  • If directed, seek shelter inside a building until notified by officials that it is safe to leave.
  • If flooding occurs, seek higher ground and avoid standing or moving water.
  • Stay away from downed electrical lines or devices.

During a severe weather emergency, make all decisions with your personal safety in mind.

Report an Emergency

On North, South and Downtown Campuses
  Call 716-645-2222 or
  Use a blue light phone

Off Campus — Call 911

UB Guardian — download the safety app 


Hazardous Materials
Call 716-829-3301

Call 716-645-2227

Notification and Warning About Severe Weather

UB uses a variety of communication channels to notify you about severe weather and any changes to scheduled operations:

  • UB Alert will send text messages and emails to all @buffalo.edu email addresses.
  • UB Alert Twitter will inform its followers of regular updates. You must set your notifications to receive Twitter notifications from this account.
  • UB will post notices on the main website.
  • UB will post alerts on local television and radio stations.
Follow UB Alert on Twitter

Follow @ub_alert on Twitter for the latest information during a severe weather event. 

Subscribe to UB Alert

Use your UBITName and password to subscribe, but select the email account or phone service you would like to receive messages. Subscribe to UB Alert now.

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