Emergency Notification Program

The Emory Emergency Notification program is a multimodal system for alerting students, staff, faculty, and visitors of an emergency affecting the Emory community.

The wide array of notification options affords Emory the flexibility to convey emergency information in the most appropriate manner and provides redundancy to help ensure the message gets out. Not every emergency requires all the notification components to be engaged simultaneously.

Notification Components

  • Outdoor Sirens/Public Address System
  • RAVE System: Text messages sent to your cell phone
    • Program two “short codes” into your cell phone contacts, 226787 and 67283, with unique ringtones, so you may quickly identify Emory emergency alerts.
  • Emory Email
  • Emory Web RSS
  • Emory Cable TV Banner/Messages
  • Emory Digital Signage
  • Emory Safe App
  • @EMORY_CEPAR Twitter and EmoryCEPAR Facebook

How can I receive a text message?

Students and staff can access the Emergency Alert Information page by logging into OPUS or Peoplesoft. Enter your cell phone number and provider information. Be sure to update your information if you change your cell phone number or mobile carrier.

What if I forget to update?

You have a lot on your mind. Each semester when students log into OPUS they will be automatically prompted to view and update emergency contact information. Faculty and staff will receive a reminder through Peoplesoft during annual benefits open enrollment.

What if I am not an employee or student? Can I still get the message?

Emory now uses @Emory_CEPAR on Twitter and EmoryCEPAR on Facebook to convey emergency messages, monthly tests, and awareness messages to reach the extended Emory community (neighbors, family members of students and employees, alumni, patients, guests, and contractors). Follow us on Twitter or follow the directions below to have Twitter messages sent directly to your phone without monitoring social media.

@EMORY_CEPAR Twitter Messages and Alerts

How to Get Started

  1. Log in to Twitter to start an account. 
  2. Follow us—Click on “Who to Follow” and enter EMORY_CEPAR to search, then click follow.

Get an Alert

  1. Go to your settings and select Mobile on the top menu, provide your mobile number, and under Message notifications select “Tweets from people you’ve enabled for mobile notifications.”
  2. From your mobile phone, text follow EMORY_CEPAR to 40404.
  3. Twitter also provides a useful YouTube video on how to connect your phone to your Twitter account via the web and begin getting updates from those you wish to follow.

Parents and contractors can also use Emory Safe. Emory Safe is a personal safety mobile app that Emory University is providing to all students, faculty, and staff to download for free. 

Emory Safe serves as a preventive measure to stop crimes and incidents before they happen by leveraging the community’s eyes and ears in helping to keep the campus safe. The app provides a quick, convenient, and discreet way to communicate directly with Emory University safety officials, enhancing your overall safety and allowing Emory Police to better protect you.

Monthly testing

Outdoor sirens, the public address system, and RAVE text messages will be tested at noon on the first Wednesday of each month. CEPAR will also send out a Twitter message to coincide with the monthly test. If inclement weather is present on the first Wednesday, the test will be postponed to the second Wednesday of the month. If inclement weather persists the test will be postponed until the following month.

Note: Emory has the capacity to send emergency text messages to enrolled participants and continues to work with major carriers to provide timely delivery. However, ultimate delivery of the message depends heavily on the cell service provider, the coverage area, and the cell signal. Because no single medium is 100% effective, Emory is committed to a multimodal notification program. 

What should I do if I hear a siren or receive a notification?

Be aware of your surroundings and take action to provide for your safety. Share the information with others around you who may not have received the message. If you need more information visit the Emory website or tune in to your local television/radio station.

Monthly Testing

1st Wednesday of the month, unless there is inclement weather, then the test will be moved to the 2nd Wednesday of the month. If inclement weather persists, then the test will be canceled for the month.

Decoding the Message

In the few minutes after an event, verified information may be sparse. In order to inform the community as quickly as possible, the alerts may be generalized and brief. You may receive one or two typical instructions during an emergency: “evacuate” or “shelter-in-place.” You should become familiar with these terms.


Evacuate simply means you need to exit the building or relocate off campus. Know the evacuation route for your residence hall, classroom building, or workplace (e.g., during a fire).


Shelter-in-place is a generic term meaning stay in a safe place or, if you are outside, go into the closest building to avoid possible danger. Although the basic concept of shelter-in-place remains the same, there are small differences in the specific actions to be taken for different types of emergencies (e.g., tornado, outdoor hazmat, civil disturbance, or ongoing police action).