B-ALERT: Emergency Notification at UAB
UAB's primary concern during any emergency or severe weather situation is the safety of its students, faculty, staff and visitors.
UAB’s diverse community requires multiple, overlapping means of communicating with the campus, including direct, live communication from UAB Police officers at the scene of an emergency. Communications plans are reviewed frequently to consider alternatives and enhancements in technology.
During any actual emergency or severe weather situation, this site -- www.uab.edu/emergency -- will be the official source of UAB information. In addition, the UAB Emergency Management Team will use B-ALERT, the university’s emergency notification system, to communicate through voice calls, SMS text messages and e-mails to the entire campus all at the same time. B-ALERT also integrates with Facebook and Twitter.
The UAB Severe Weather & Emergency Hotline at 205-934-2165 also will be updated as appropriate to provide official updates on the university's and UAB Hospital's opening and closing status
To register for B-ALERT or update your existing information in the system, go to www.uab.edu/balert. All registration is connected to your BlazerID.
More Information on B-ALERT
All BlazerID-connected UAB e-mail addresses are automatically included in the system; you will not be able to opt out of receiving these e-mails. If there are other e-mail accounts where you would like to receive notifications, register those separately in the system.
Register at least one SMS-capable mobile device with the B-ALERT system. Why? Because message delivery in an emergency is usually quicker via this kind of messaging. Any time you register a new SMS text device, you will receive a message allowing you to opt out of the service. Should you choose to opt out, which is not recommended, update your preferences through the registration form at www.uab.edu/balert. Responding to the message will not complete the opting out process.
Register your cell, office and home phone numbers in order to receive voice messages at all numbers during a crisis situation.
Follow emergency notifications on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UAB.edu and on Twitter under the handle @UABNEWS: www.twitter.com/uabnews.
IDENTIFYING CODES AND NUMBERS
Text messages from the system will come to your cell phone or other handheld device from something called a short code; it will be either 23177 or 63079. Voice calls will originate from B-ALERT at 205-975-8000. Store these numbers/codes and program them all as B-ALERT so you will recognize them as the official source of UAB emergency and/or severe weather information.