Emergency Notifications and Timely Warnings

Reviewed November 23, 2021

In the event of an emergency, the University at Buffalo will provide announcements, updates and information about resources available to the university community via a number of communication channels. UB is committed to providing a safe, secure environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors to the university’s three campuses. As such, the university is fully committed to compliance with the Clery Act.

Emergencies, disasters, accidents, injuries and crimes can occur without warning at any time.  The university continually reviews and updates its preparedness and notification measures to address evolving threats and communications needs. Preparedness at UB involves collaboration between leaders throughout the university and with local, state and federal agencies.

UB has a comprehensive “UB Alert” mass emergency notification process in place to quickly notify students, faculty and staff if there is an immediate threat to the university community.  A "UB Alert" is immediately issued unless it is determined by the police that such immediate notification could compromise efforts to assist the victims or otherwise negatively impact the emergency. 

The university will deliver emergency notifications and timely warnings using some or all of the following channels:


  • Messages to all students, faculty and staff through their buffalo.edu email account.
  • Messages to students, faculty and staff who have registered an alternative email address in the UB Alert service.

Phone and Text

  • Text messages to students, faculty and staff who have registered cell phones in the UB Alert service
  • 716-645-NEWS (6397), UB's recorded 24-hour information line
  • 716-645-2345, UB's campus road conditions line
  • 716-645-2000, University Operator


  • This website: http://emergency.buffalo.edu 
  • UB's home page: http://www.buffalo.edu
  • MyUB portal: http://myub.buffalo.edu
  • UB Reporter: http://www.buffalo.edu/ubreporter
  • News Center: http://www.buffalo.edu/news

Social Media

  • Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/universityatbuffalo
  • Twitter: http://twitter.com/ub_alert (#uBuffalo #ub_alert)

Television and Radio

  • Campus Radio 1620AM
  • Local television and radio broadcasts


  • Building coordinators
  • Residence Hall and Apartments directors and resident advisors