What is UCF Alert?
UCF Alert is a multi-media communications system that provides timely and accurate information about emergency situations that could impact the university. UCF will send emergency notifications without delay to ensure that our community is alerted as soon as possible. The goal is to help keep the campus safe and informed during an emergency.
UCF Office of Emergency Management, Police Department and Office of News & Information determine which communications tools are used during an emergency. These offices work together to provide timely and accurate information to the UCF community.
UCF Alert features several communications tools, including e-mails, text messages, Web updates, social media, sirens and more. See below for a complete list.
Generally, e-mails and text messages will be used only for events that present an imminent danger to the campus community or that significantly impact university operations. UCF understands that some UCF Alert members may be charged for receiving text messages, and therefore will use text messages judiciously.
Examples of situations where text messages and e-mails might be sent include, but are not limited to, bomb threats, chemical spills, significant traffic or parking issues, extreme weather alerts, etc.
At all times, the best source for official news and information is the UCF Web site, www.ucf.edu. The site will be updated during an emergency as information becomes available.
For questions about UCF Alert and how it is used, please contact the UCF Office of Emergency Management at 407-882-7111.Follow the steps below to verify or update your UCF Alert contact information:
Faculty and Staff
*For faculty and staff members without access to myucf, contact The UCF Office of Emergency Management for instructions on how you can receive alerts.
These are the primary and immediate ways you will be notified about an emergency on campus:
- www.ucf.edu (UCF Emergency Home Page) – The UCF Home page will become the UCF Emergency Home Page during a major emergency and will provide updates, instructions, and information for the UCF community.
- Outdoor Sirens (Giant Voice/Speaker Sirens) – There are 4 outdoor sirens on campus. These sirens will produce a tone followed by a voice message.
CLICK HERE to learn what you will hear and what you should do.
- SMS Text Messaging – All UCF students, staff and faculty are automatically added to the SMS Text Messaging service. The emergency contact information that you provide in myUCF (cell phone number and carrier in this case) will be used to send you emergency messages on your cell phone with specific instructions, as long as you don’t opt-out.
- E-Mail - All UCF students, staff and faculty are automatically added to the emergency mass email service. The emergency contact information that you provide in myUCF (email addresses in this case) will be used to email you emergency messages with specific instructions, as long as you don’t opt-out. If you don’t have an e-mail address, sign up for a free Knight’s e-mail account. (Sign up or update your emergency contact information now).
- NOAA Weather Radios – UCF has National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) programmable weather radios distributed throughout campus. In the event of severe weather, these radios will automatically sound with the appropriate warning message.
These are other options the university may utilize to keep you informed of current events regarding an emergency on campus. Individual or all systems will be used depending on the scale and size of the emergency
- UCF Main Phone Line (407) 823-2000 – Recorded messages of current events and instructions will be posted here.
- Two-Way Radios - Employees on campus who utilize two-way radios for routine business (for example, Police, Facilities, Housing) will also receive alerts and warnings via their radios from their home office.
- Bright House Emergency Alert System – Televisions on campus may have scrolling messages that will provide the university with emergency notification and instructions.
- Vehicle Public Address Speakers- In cases where an isolated or targeted message may be required, university vehicles equipped with public address speakers (i.e. UCF Police) may utilize this method.
- Media Release/ Press Conference – Depending on the nature and severity of the emergency, the local media may post breaking news or periodic updates regarding an emergency on UCF.
- Radio - Depending on the nature and severity of the emergency, WUCF and local radio news stations may carry live breaking news or periodic updates regarding an emergency on campus. Their websites may also carry live streaming audio, audio clips, or text updates.
- Facebook – Keep up with what’s going on campus and also receive emergency notifications.
- Twitter - Keep up with what’s going on campus and also receive emergency notifications.
Emergency Management is always working to find additional ways to notify the campus of an emergency, so stay tuned!