The UPennAlert Emergency Notification System enables the University to quickly notify the Penn and surrounding Philadelphia community of critical information during a major emergency. This is accomplished through three (3) key methods: Personal Electronic Devices; Siren and Public Address Systems; and Digital Displays.

Currently the University can notify all Penn faculty, staff and students via personal electronic devices (e.g., cell phones, pda handhelds, etc.) through text messaging and email. The University also has Siren and Public Address systems in place to send a UPennAlert. The Penn Siren Outdoor System (PennSOS) is comprised of 22 speakers transmitting voice intelligible emergency messages and alert tones to the outdoor campus environment. PennSOS is not designed to penetrate buildings, but will be audible above normal street noise.

When a UPennAlert is sent the Division of Public Safety uses their website to provide current and continuous updates acting as a central reference point for accurate information. This method is useful for those both on and off campus.

UPennAlert is an additional layer of security and protection in emergency response, in conjunction with Penn’s already well-established emergency communication methods, such as University-wide broadcast emails, online updates via the Penn homepage, coordinated use of public media outlets and public address systems within all College Houses.

Penn Siren Outdoor System (PennSOS)
Resources & Help
Types of Notifications

Update Your Information Now!

The effectiveness of the UPennAlert via personal electronic devices depends upon faculty, staff and student providing accurate and up-to-date personal contact information. We urge you to partner with the University in registering your cell phone number, as well as other emergency contact information, so that University officials can communicate with you wherever you happen to be. Simply click on the appropriate link below.

Faculty & Staff


Providing current information is the best way to ensure that you will be reached in the event of an emergency. Faculty and Staff can update their information by going to the Penn Directory while Students can update their information by going to Penn InTouch. Please take a few minutes now to register or update your contact information. All information is secure and confidential.

The City of Philadelphia's Ready, Notify PA Program:

If you would like to receive emergency alerts from the City of Philadelphia, sign up for ReadyNotifyPA athttp://oem.readyphiladelphia.org/. ReadyNotifyPA sends emergency alerts, notifications and updates to the cell phones, pagers, BlackBerries, PDAs and/or e-mail accounts of registered subscribers.

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