Emergencies can occur at any time, often without warning. The following information can help you manage many emergency situations appropriately.
Your judgment often determines whether an incident is an emergency. If in doubt, always err on the side of safety. It is important to understand how to receive information and warnings about emergencies affecting campus.
Listed below are several different ways campus affiliates can stay informed about emergencies affecting the Boulder campus and other important safety information.
Shelter-in-place is a proactive action taken inside a building to protect internal occupants from external hazards. This action is intended to provide safety in circumstances when evacuation would present a greater risk to individuals than remaining in their current location. Although the reason for a shelter-in-place order may not be immediately communicated, circumstances that may warrant a shelter-in-place response may include:
When a shelter in place order is given it will depend on the threat or hazard as to what specific steps should be taken, however the following guidelines should be followed:
Faculty members and students should remain in place until directed to relocate by public safety officials.
If you are off campus when a shelter-in-place order is ordered, remain where you are, seek shelter, and then follow city or local jurisdiction directives. Do not attempt to return to campus.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing timely warnings and/or emergency notifications for situations that represent a serious or continuing threat to the campus community. Situations where CU-Boulder Alerts text messages could be issued include severe weather, campus operating status, and imminent dangers affecting our campus community.
To make it easier for students to receive these email and text alert messages, on April 1st, 2013 the university integrated the sign-up process into our registration system, and you will be able manage your information through the MyCUInfo student center throughout the year.
At this time, faculty, staff and non-student affiliates should still use the Rave Emergency Notification System for the University of Colorado Boulder to manage their emergency notification information.
We encourage all CU-Boulder students, faculty, staff and affiliates to manage all emergency notification information for the CU-Boulder Alerts system during registration and throughout the year, as these bulk messages are a vital method of sharing urgent campus information in emergency situations.
Faculty, staff, and students who are away from campus conducting business, on vacation, or when classes are not in session will continue to receive alerts as long as they are a subscriber. Only CU affiliates with university e-mail addresses may register for CU-Boulder Alerts. For more information and to register go to alerts.colorado.edu.
The Boulder County Emergency Alert Program allows you to receive alerts about off-campus emergencies and other important community news occurring in Boulder County. Please note that this service is provided for off-campus addresses only, and all campus affiliates are encouraged to register for CU-Boulder Alerts for emergency notifications specific to the Boulder campus. Please click here for more information and to register for the Boulder County Emergency Alert Program.
The Boulder Office of Emergency Management website provides information about emergency situations that are occurring in the county on their Emergency Status Page. Click here for more information about emergencies that are occurring in Boulder County.