About Emergency Alerts and Updates

When there is an emergency situation at the University of Alberta, you can get the most up-to-date information through the website.

U of A Emergency page

The emergency information page is where updates are posted as well as links to all other relevant information.

U of A Homepage emergency banner

All websites that start with www.ualberta.ca will show an alert banner at the top of the page when there is an active emergency situation. The emergency banner only displays the latest update and will link to the emergency page above for additional information.

Fire Panels

Building fire alarms make it possible to broadcast voice messages through fire alarm speakers.

Twitter - retweets & reposts

Following @UAlberta U of A Alerts are tweeted too! When an event is fast-moving, we'll provide updates and instructions via Twitter. Be sure to go directly to our Twitter feed as updates may not show directly in your regular feed.


Have your Gmail Inbox open? The alert will arrive as an email to your UAlberta.ca email address.

What to do in specific situations

Our emergency page has procedures for many different situations. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with these procedures.

Alertus Beacons & Alertus Desktop

In class and not monitoring your emails or phone?

The alert will appear on the Alertus Beacon. This yellow box will activate with sound, flashing lights and the message will display on the screen. Some beacons have a marquee sign next to classroom clocks and will display the same alert message. Several of the newer buildings have beacons in public areas too.

Working in a campus computer lab?

We'll get your attention with the Alertus Desktop. The alert will momentarily stop what you are doing on the campus computer and display the alert. A click of the mouse will return you to the computer activity you had in progress.