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.

droplet-295457_640Cornell University Water Restriction 

Stage 2:  Severe Drought  / Water Use Restriction

As a result of the severe drought in Tompkins County and continued low water supply in Fall Creek, the source of water for Cornell’s Ithaca campus and for nearby communities, Cornell University has issued a Water Use Restriction. If current trends continue, there will be insufficient potable (clean, treated) water to supply the demands of campus this August.

In order for the University to maintain its mission-critical operations, we must work together as a community to decrease overall water use on campus by at least 30% as soon as possible.

Effective immediately, all Ithaca campus faculty, staff, and students are required to cease the following actions on campus:

  • Watering lawns, landscapes, and vegetation except with non-potable water (e.g., gray or reclaimed water).
  • Power washing, cleaning, or otherwise using potable water to clean driveways, sidewalks, building surfaces, and asphalt
  • Washing vehicles with potable water unless required for safety or compliance.
  • Recreational water use such as sprinklers, games, or camp activities involving use of potable water.

Additionally, the University asks all campus community members to assist in implementing the following  – – – – – – – – – – –  MORE- – – – – – – – – – –  

Fire Safety Advisory 2The Environmental Health and Safety University Fire Marshal’s Office has issued a fire safety advisory for the Cornell Ithaca campus.

The warm weather and dry conditions have increased the risk for outdoor fires. Please use extreme caution around dry grasses, shrubs, and mulched areas. Be careful when using outdoor open flames, including barbecue grills and recreational fire pits. Use caution with smoking materials and always dispose of them in appropriate disposal containers.

We ask all members of the community to remain vigilant during this time of elevated outdoor fire risk. Report grass, brush, or mulch fires promptly by calling 911. Uncontrolled outdoor fires can spread quickly and cause significant damage.


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.

Got 2 minutes?  Watch this video to learn how to do Hands Only CPR!

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.