The UPennAlert Emergency Notification System enables the University to quickly notify the Penn and surrounding Philadelphia community of critical information during significant emergencies or dangerous situations involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on campus. This is accomplished through three (3) key methods: Personal Messaging; Siren and Public Address Systems; and Digital Displays.
The University can send an alert to all Penn faculty, staff, and students via text messaging and email, as well as via siren and public address systems. 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.
The Penn Siren Outdoor System (PennSOS) is comprised of 27 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.
UPennAlert is an additional layer of security and protection in emergency response, in conjunction with additional 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.
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.
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 Path@Penn. Please take a few minutes now to register or update your contact information. All information is secure and confidential.
If you would like to receive text messages, please take a few minutes to set up your preferred number through UPHS Phone Book:
Click on the “Update Your Profile” button; Once you have logged in, click on the “Opt-in to receiving text alerts” checkbox in the blue UPennAlerts box; Enter up to five phone numbers to receive the text alerts
If you would like to receive emergency alerts from the City of Philadelphia, sign up for ReadyPhiladelphia through the Office of Emergency Management at https://beta.phila.gov/departments/oem/ ReadyPhiladelphia sends emergency alerts, notifications and updates to registered subscribers.