Staying In The Know

  • Check and the Alerts and Announcements page on this site regularly.
  • Tune to local television and news radio for the most recent updates about any mass illnesses or weather situations and where to seek help.
  • Check your Columbia email regularly.
  • If you feel ill during an emergency, contact your healthcare provider:
    • Students on the Morningside campus: (212) 854-2284
    • Students at CUMC: (212) 305-340
    • Faculty & Staff: Contact your personal healthcare provider.
  • During times of widespread danger, emergency phone numbers may be overwhelmed. Only call police or Public Safety if you are in immediate danger.
    • Program the Emergency Contacts numbers into your phone so you can use them instantly during an emergency.
  • Call the Columbia main switchboard at (212) 851-1754 to hear recorded updates.

Sign up for the Emergency Text Message System:

During emergencies, the University emails faculty, staff and students who may be affected. However, in the event of an urgent situation, the University's Emergency Text Message Notification System is the most convenient and reliable means of getting real-time up-to-date in formation to you. Some possible scenarios for Columbia choosing to send you a text message include weather emergencies, major transit interruptions and campus closures.

  • Columbia and Barnard Students:
    • Log in to with your UNI and password.
    • Under "Text Message Enrollment," enter up to three mobile phone numbers.
    • Click "Save."
  • Columbia Faculty & Staff:
    • Log in with your UNI and password at “Faculty & Staff” at the top of the page.
    • Click "Update Personal Information.”
    • Select “Change phone numbers.”
    • Select “Add a phone number.”
    • Next, select one of the “Campus Alert” fields from the drop-down menu.
    • Enter your mobile number (University-provided or personal).
    • Use the remaining two “Campus Alert” fields to enter up to two other mobile numbers you would like to receive emergency notifications.
    • Click “Save.”
  • Text message notifications will be used only in rare circumstances to notify you of critical information regarding urgent situations.
    The University typically conducts tests of the Text Message Notification System twice a year. Members of the community are notified of the test in advance. These tests will not require you to do anything, and will provide familiarity with the text message notification system in the event that we need to use it for urgent information.