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CALL 911 for any situation that requires IMMEDIATE police, fire, or medical response to preserve life or property. You can also use any outdoor Blue Light phone (situated throughout campus) or indoor designated emergency phone to report a campus emergency. Just pick up the receiver or press the call button.

The Emergency Action Guide at the left provides instructions on actions to take in emergency situations. Click this Emergency Action Guide link to download a copy to print and keep in a convenient location.


LIGHTNING SAFETY  thunder_roarsAccording to the National Weather Service (NWS), lightning strikes the United States about 25 million times each year.

Here are a few lightning safety tips from the NWS if you are indoors:

  • Stay off corded phones. You can use cellular or cordless phones.
  • Don’t touch electrical equipment such as computers, TVs, or cords. You can use the remote control safely.
  • Stay away from windows and doors that might have small leaks around the sides to let in lightning, and stay off porches.

If you are outside during a storm it is important to get inside a safe building or vehicle. You are NOT safe outdoors, but if you absolutely cannot get to safety, follow these National Weather Service tips to slightly lessen the threat of being struck by lightning:

  • Avoid open fields, the top of a hill, or a ridge top.
  • Stay away from tall, isolated trees or other tall objects. If you’re in a forest, stay near a lower stand of trees.
  • If you’re in a group, spread out to avoid the current traveling between group members.

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CornellALERT is the university’s emergency notification system and is used for situations involving an immediate threat to the health and safety of the community.

You must SIGN UP to receive voice or text messages on your cell phone.

If you have previously signed up then please review and update your information.


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Cornell is StormReady

On December 1, 2015, Cornell University was certified by the National Weather Service as a StormReady® university as a result of the weather preparedness, monitoring, and communication efforts provided to the campus and local community.


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Cornell University has developed a comprehensive emergency management program utilizing best standard practices from across peer institutions and emergency management organizations. This program will provide guidance to the campus community for the organization, coordination and collaboration of university services and resources toward an effective response to, continuation through and the recovery from emergencies. The effectiveness of this program is dependent on the preparedness of the entire campus community to stay vigilant to prepare for the unexpected events and disasters that may impact the mission of teaching, research and outreach of Cornell University.