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.

Be Ready for Winter Weather

Extreme Cold graphic

Prepare for winter weather by downloading the Extreme Cold Prevention Guide along with reviewing the checklist below. Together, these resources will help keep you and your family safe when winter weather strikes.

Preparedness Checklist:

  • Plan ahead and make an emergency supply kit for your home.
  • Winterize and maintain your vehicle. Be sure to include a roadside emergency kit.
  • Prepare your home by weatherproofing, cleaning your chimney, checking smoke detectors, and more.
  • Make a family communications plan as your family may not be together during an extreme winter event, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together, and what you will do during an emergency.
  • Be familiar with winter storm terms: Advisory, Watch, and Warning.
  • Try to stay indoors during extreme cold. If you must go outside, dress properly and know who is at high risk for hypothermia or frostbite.

Remember, it’s important to Be Ready! Don’t wait until a storm arrives to prepare as it will be too late.  For more great tips and information, visit the CDC Winter Weather preparedness website.


Give the Gift of Preparedness

Originally published by the CDC Public Health Matters blog

As the holiday season quickly approaches and holiday shopping begins, find a gift that truly show those you love how much you care—the gift of preparedness.

infographic illustrating an emergency kit.While an emergency kit may not be on any of the top-ten big name gift lists this season, a starter kit could end up being the most important gift you give your friends and family this year.  Most of us would love to be a little more prepared, but have not made the time or don’t know where to start. Often, just taking the first step towards getting prepared is the hardest part. Give your friends and family the gift of being prepared for the unexpected.

Need creative ideas for your gifts of preparedness? We’ve got you covered with these gift ideas:

The Starter Kit

Help get your friends and family thinking emergency prep with a few key items to start their emergency kit. Pack the items in a small plastic storage container or water-proof bag that can be stored easily. Include the following items:

  • First aid kit (You can get a pre-made kit at most of your local drug stores or pharmacies)
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Portable phone charger (also sometimes known as a portable battery. This charger should be rechargeable and have the ability to charge a phone without being plugged into a power source)
  • Manual can openers (and a reminder that every emergency kit should include a three-day supply of food and water)


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.