Contacting the UAB Police Department
Any one who believes activity is suspicious or threatening should call UAB Police immediately; dial 911 from any campus phone, 24 hours, seven days a week.

Make emergency calls by:

  • Dialing 911 from a campus phone, or
  • Dialing 934-3535, 934-HELP(4357), or
  • Dialing 934-4434

There are more than 300 emergency blue light telephones located throughout campus on poles or attached to building structures throughout the campus and in the entrances of residence halls. These phones connect automatically to the dispatcher in the UAB Police Communications Center. Once the emergency button is pushed the dispatcher is provided with the exact location of the caller and will dispatch a marked police unit if communications are not heard.

UAB’s Emergency Procedures

The UAB Police Department follows a prescribed emergency plan and conducts frequent mock drills to practice and maintain their readiness and skill level to respond to all types of incidents. Some of these drills are conducted with the Birmingham Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, whose SWAT teams would assist if needed.

UAB’s police force includes more than 70 sworn officer positions, all of whom have been through Police Academy training. All also have received National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) training, which is the federal standard for situations requiring incident command.

How Faculty, Staff and Students are Notified in an Emergency

UAB’s diverse community requires multiple, overlapping means of communicating with the campus. Communications plans are reviewed frequently to consider alternatives and enhancements in technology. UAB’s response would depend upon the situation but might include any or all of the following: Web and intranet, announcements to the media, emergency message through telephone and e-mail to building administrators, and direct communication from officers on the scene.

  • Emergency alerts appear on the UAB home page and may also appear on the UAB Reporter, UAB Police Department and UAB Occupational Health & Safety sites.
  • Messages are sent to cell phones via the UAB Emergency Notification System. If you need to register with the system, click here to log in to the secure registration form, or log on to BlazerNET and then click on "Emergency Notification System" in the Quick Links channel on the Home tab; this also will take you to the registration form. (Note: Multiple notification numbers can be on file; this means students can add additional numbers so that their parents also can receive alerts if they choose.)
  • Mass emails are sent to all students, faculty and staff.
  • Targeted announcements to faculty, staff and students appear on the BlazerNET portal.

School of Medicine Groups

If UAB and UAB Medicine are not following the same severe weather and/or emergency closing schedules due to unusual circumstances, the School of Medicine clinical departments should follow the Health Services Foundation (HSF) and Kirklin Clinic schedule and the Joint Health Sciences departments and School of Medicine-related centers should follow the UAB schedule.

These groupings are based on the interest of patient safety and service. The need to follow the different schedules will be communicated clearly if necessary at the time of any severe weather or emergency incident.

School of Medicine:

Clinical Departments

School of Medicine:

Joint Health Sciences


Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics


Cell Biology

Emergency Medicine


Family and Community Medicine



Nutrition Sciences


Pharmacology and Toxicology


Physiology and Biophysics

Obstetrics and Gynecology

All Centers







Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology


Radiation Oncology






What to Do as a Member of the UAB Community

UAB provides several security services and prevention programs to the campus community, including Campus Watch and the Police Advisory Council. Everyone is encouraged to take responsibility for their safety by staying informed of these services and reporting suspicious activity.

UAB believes that preparedness is the best defense against unpredictable events, and it is a top priority for UAB is to have strong security and communication plans in place that are practiced and reviewed, well-trained and well-prepared officers and close relationships with other law-enforcement agencies. The university must also count on the cooperation of students, faculty and staff in following all the safety and security guidelines, which includes guidance that people act in times of crisis in a manner that applies to their unique situation.

The University’s standing Safety Committee meets quarterly and as needed to consider all aspects of campus safety and security. Persons wishing to suggest an item for the committee’s discussion may contact Max Richard, assistant vice president for Occupational Health and Safety, 934-2487, or Brooks Baker, associate vice president for Facilities, 934-4427. Many safety and security guidelines can be found at