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KU's emergency notification system

The University of Kansas Lawrence Campus utilizes a range of tools to keep students, faculty, staff and visitors informed in the event of an emergency that could affect their health and safety. These tools include text messaging, public address speakers, e-mail, Twitter, and this page.

KU Alert multi-tiered system:

  • Text messages:
    Students are automatically subscribed to emergency text messages and can view/edit their cell phone number at Enroll and Pay. Faculty and staff can subscribe to receive text messages and view/edit their cell phone number through the Employee Emergency Notification app at the myKU Portal.

  • Web resources:
    The university will use its home page and its KU Alert site as the official online location for information updates. Please review its recommended procedures for a variety of potential emergency events. Messages will also be shared via Twitter.

  • Public address system:
    KU's police dispatchers are able to broadcast alerts and instructions through fire alarms in nearly all campus buildings.

  • Phone messages:
    Depending on the circumstance, voicemail messages may be sent to all campus phones (864 and 312 prefixes) with active JayTalk accounts.

  • 785-864-SNOW:
    This phone line is activated if bad weather forces the delay or cancellation of classes or the closure of campus.

  • E-mail messages:
    If you have a KU e-mail account, you will automatically receive KU Alert email messages.

  • Local media:
    The university will utilize local media to inform the university community.

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Emergency numbers

Police or Fire/Medical: 911
Public Safety Office: (785) 864-5900
Watkins Health Services: (785) 864-9500
Institutional Opportunity & Access: (785) 864-6414

Urgent care is an injury or illness that is not life threatening but requires immediate care. Contact Watkins Health Services at Watkins Memorial Health Center for on-campus urgent care services.

Be prepared

Students should keep their emergency contact information up to date through Enroll and Pay.

Be aware of your surroundings. Locate emergency exits or shelters in buildings you work in or visit.

In the event of severe weather, rely on local media or a NOAA weather radio for forecasts, watches and warnings from the National Weather Service.

Related information

Lawrence Campus Interactive Map

Emergency Management Plan

Environment, Health, and Safety

Annual Security Report

Cyber Security Report 

The annual security report about KU safety policies, crime statistics, and campus resources is available online at, or on paper by contacting the Office of the Vice Provost of Student Affairs, 133 Strong Hall, (785) 864-4060.

Douglas County Emergency Management