Campus Safety

Emergency Preparedness

Preparing in advance of an emergency can have a life-changing impact when it matters most.

Where should you go to find shelter when a tornado is headed toward campus? What should you do if there were a fire inside your academic building or residence hall? What steps should you take if there is an armed intruder in your surrounding area? Do you know the phone numbers for the police department and other critical campus services? Do you know where to find important resources online before, during and after an emergency? Thinking about what steps you should take and what things you will need in advance of an emergency can help you be prepared when urgent action is needed.

View an Emergency Preparedness Calendar to assist with your planning. Following the steps below will help prepare you for nearly all emergency situations.

Create Emergency Preparedness Kit

  • Have extra doses of medication
  • Have a phone charger
  • Have non-perishable food
  • Have a change of clothes/shoes
  • Have a helmet
  • Store blankets, gloves, boots, flashlight, kitty litter, etc. in your car
  • Keep your gas tank full

Sign Up for Emergency Apps

UM Alert


Add Emergency Phone Numbers

Police, Fire, Medical 911
University Police (205) 665-6155
To Report a Crime (205) 665-6500
Protective Escort Services (205) 665-6155
Student Health Services (205) 665-6275
Counseling Services (205) 665-6245

Bookmark Emergency Preparedness Websites

UM Emergency Communications

UM Department of Public Safety

Shelby County Emergency Management Agency (EMA)

Ready Alabama

Alabama Department of Public Health

Alabama Department of Transportation