Emergency Notification - UK Alert

UK Alert

The University of Kentucky utilizes an emergency notification system, UK Alert, to communicate official information during an emergency or crisis situation that disrupts normal campus operations or threatens the immediate health or safety of members of the campus community.

UK Alert is initiated when immediate action is required in response to an active threat or incident (active aggressor, tornado warning, etc.) on campus.

All University of Kentucky students, staff, and faculty are automatically registered in UK Alert with their official university e-mail address.  We encourage students, staff, and faculty to add other contact information, such as mobile numbers and personal e-mails, to their UK Alert accounts on their myUK portal.   

Parents, media, visitors, and other interested parties may register for UK Alert on a voluntary self-subscription basis. (Click Here)

Depending on the emergency and the location, an alert may be sent using all of the methods, or a combination of the alert methods.

​Effective emergency response requires personal preparedness and planning.  We encourage you to edit your UK Alert account to include multiple forms of notification as just one part of your personal emergency preparedness plan.

Methods of UK Alert Notifications

Text Messages


Outdoor Sirens

Social Media

News Outlets

UK Alert uses the following methods to send immediate notifications:

  • Text Messages—sent to phone numbers that have been entered by the individual user.

  • Email—to all uky.edu email addresses.

  • Outdoor Sirens—Blue Emergency Notification Towers are strategically placed at over 50 locations across campus to provide outdoor alert tones and broadcast emergency messages with 360loud speakers. These emergency notification towers are illuminated at all times with a bright LED blue light and flash when activated.  The messages are pre-recorded and will provide basic information, such as “Dangerous Situation. Seek shelter immediately.” More details, such as the location of the incident, will be provided in the text message, email, and on the VoIP phones.  Each tower also features a camera and emergency push button speaker phone that reaches UKPD dispatch directly.  This component of the UK Alert emergency notification system provides additional layer of safety for the campus community.

  • VoIP Desktop Phones—University of Kentucky has approximately 9,000 Voice over Internet Protocol phones throughout main campus and in some off campus offices incorporated within the Alert system. UK HealthCare buildings are excluded from VoIP notifications; UK HealthCare will provide coded messages over its system. When UK Alert is activated, an audio message will broadcast over the speaker and text will provide details of the emergency on the screen.

  • Social Media—Messages posted directly to the UKPD Facebook (University of Kentucky Police Department) and Twitter account (@UKPolice).

Examples of Emergency Messages

All Clear


Dangerous Situation

Chemical Emergency

Hazardous Condition

Tornado Warning