The University of Central Florida will make reasonable efforts to provide notification about emergencies and natural or man-made disasters affecting the university. Each individual who has the authority to activate the UCF ALERT system has the responsibility of ensuring that it is activated primarily for life safety situations and is not used for routine notifications. The University of Central Florida will, without delay, and taking into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless issuing a notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency. http://emergency.ucf.edu
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. 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 407-823-6300.
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.
SMS Text Messaging – If you didn’t opt-out, you will receive a text message on your cell phone with specific instructions.
E-Mail - If you didn’t opt-out, you will receive an e-mail to any e-mail account that you provided on your emergency contact information. 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.
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. 89.9 WUCF
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.
The UCF Office of Emergency Management is always working to find additional ways to notify the campus of an emergency, so stay tuned!
What should I do when I receive an emergency notification?
This will depend on the message that you receive, where you are at the time, and the emergency situation. If you are on campus and hear or receive the following, please obey these directions:
Lockdown or Shelter-In-Place:– Seek shelter immediately in the nearest hardened building, away from doors and windows
Severe Thunderstorm - Seek shelter immediately in the nearest hardened building, away from doors and windows
Tornado - Seek shelter immediately in the nearest hardened building, away from doors and windows
All Clear – The campus is deemed safe by all emergency personnel. Return to normal business or follow instructions provided by the university or emergency responders
Tests – UCF will conduct tests of the UCF ALERT system. The campus community will be notified of these tests ahead of time. No actions are required.
NOTE: If you are off campus and receive an UCF ALERT, remain off campus and visit www.ucf.edu for updates and current status
The following university personnel have the authority to activate and de-activate the UCF ALERT
• Associate Vice President for Administration and Finance (Facilities and Safety)
• Chief of Police
• Deputy Chief of Police
• Director of Environmental Health and Safety
• Emergency Management Coordinator
• Police Dispatch Supervisor
• Police Supervisor on Duty
• Provost and Executive Vice President
• Vice President for Administration and Finance