The University at Buffalo offers a free service that delivers text messages and email messages to UB students, faculty, and staff during emergencies, incidents that may affect personal safety and when adverse weather conditions affect normal campus operations.
This system is designed to send messages to recipients’ cell phones, smartphones and UB email addresses.
You must have a buffalo.edu email account to register for this system. Once you have registered, you can request that text messages be sent to your cell phone or additional email addresses. (Some smartphone, prepay or “minutes” cell phone plans may not work with the emergency notification system. Consult the FAQ to see if you are affected.)
In addition to UB Alert text messaging, emergency messages will be provided to faculty, staff and students using official campus communication channels including this website (emergency.buffalo.edu), the campus-wide UB Alert listserv, UB's home page, the MyUB portal, UB Now, 716-645-News, the UB Alert Twitter feed and UB Facebook pages. Local television and radio stations may also be contacted by the university to communicate during emergencies or weather-related events.
In addition to registering for UB Alert. You can turn your phone into a personal safety device by installing UB Guardian. Learn more about this phone app at emergency.buffalo.edu/ubguardian
Click on "Sign Up Now", and follow the instructions on the screen.
UB Alert texts come from any of these caller ID shortcodes. Add them to your contacts so 'UB Alert' is identified as the sender.
Do not call 911 or University Police for general information during an emergency, as this will delay response to the emergency. This site will provide new details as quickly as possible.