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Active Shooter Training

CMU Police PatchThe Carnegie Mellon University Police Department has published a training video on its website that explains what to do in the event of an active shooter on campus. A pocket guide, poster and pamphlet with instructions on how to respond also are available on the site.

If your workgroup, class or organization is interested in an active shooter presentation, contact Chief Tom Ogden at togden@andrew.cmu.edu.

What is CMU-Alert

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CMU-Alert is Carnegie Mellon's emergency notification system used to communicate important information during an emergency. Our system uses multiple methods of communication to ensure our campus and community is notified during an emergency situation.

  • Our system will send text and/or voice messages, and email to our faculty, staff and students.
  • Messages are posted to Facebook and Twitter for our parents, alumni and community.
  • Our emergency help stations on campus will emit alert tones and verbal instructions as well as provide a way to communicate with University Police.
  • Regular updates will be posted at the top of this webpage.

How can I sign up

Students

Students are automatically enrolled for CMU-Alert.

Update your information in SIO

Need help? See our student guide for signing up with the SIO system

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff are encouraged to register for the service.

Sign up for text or voice

Need help? See our signing up guide for faculty and staff

Parents, Alumni, Community

Parents, alumni and our nearby community are encouraged to follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Information about alerts will be posted on these sites, as well as on this webpage.

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What should I do when I receive an alert

Follow the directions of CMU-Alert messages unless doing so will place you in greater danger. CMU-Alert warnings are intended to support decisions for personal safety. When you become aware of a warning, make sure others around you are also aware of the potential danger. DO NOT respond to the scene of an emergency unless directed to do so. In addition to the possibility of becoming injured, your presence could interfere with the work of emergency response personnel.

How often is the system tested

The CMU-Alert system is tested periodically throughout the year. The university community will be notified in advance of all emergency tests. If there has been an event requiring the use of the system, we will use that in place of the semester test.

Recent CMU-Alert Notices

Cyert Hall Gas Leak

UPDATE 6:45 p.m., July 29, 2018 —Two gas leaks have been repaired along Forbes Avenue just before Hamburg Hall.  As a result, Cyert Hall is open for normal operations on Monday morning.

UPDATE 11:30 a.m., July 29, 2018 —Cyert Hall remains closed while gas leak repairs are being made along Forbes Avenue.

UPDATE 9:40 p.m., July 28, 2018 —Cyert Hall is currently closed while reports of additional gas odors are being investigated.

UPDATE 2:00 p.m., July 27, 2018 —The gas leak into Cyert Hall is under control. The building will reopen today at 5:00 p.m.

UPDATE 12:20 p.m., July 27, 2018 — It is now safe for Warner Hall Level A occupants to return to the building. Cyert Hall remains closed until further notice.

11:00 a.m., July 27, 2018 — A gas leak has been detected in the A-Level of Cyert Hall.  Environmental Health & Safety, along with University Police and Peoples Gas are all onsite and assessing the situation. Cyert Hall occupants have been relocated and the building will remain closed until further notice.  No one is permitted in the building without University Police escort. An update will be sent as soon as more information is available from Peoples Gas. Network maintenance that was scheduled for tomorrow, 7/28, has been cancelled

CMU-Alert Testing Completed

A test of Carnegie Mellon’s Emergency Notification Service, CMU-Alert, was conducted on the Pittsburgh campus. This was only a test. In the event of an actual emergency, the service would direct you to visit this page for information, instructions and timely updates.

If you had difficulties receiving the voice or text messages, or problems registering for the service, please send email to cmu-alert@andrew.cmu.edu.

All students are automatically registered, and faculty and staff are encouraged to sign-up to receive CMU-Alert messages. Faculty and staff can register and update their information by clicking on the “what is CMU Alert?” link. Students can update their information here as well. You will need to login with your username and password to register and update information.

CMU-Alert Testing Completed

A test of Carnegie Mellon’s Emergency Notification Service, CMU-Alert, was conducted on the Pittsburgh campus. This was only a test. In the event of an actual emergency, the service would direct you to visit this page for information, instructions and timely updates.

If you had difficulties receiving the voice or text messages, or problems registering for the service, please send email to cmu-alert@andrew.cmu.edu.

All students are automatically registered, and faculty and staff are encouraged to sign-up to receive CMU-Alert messages. Faculty and staff can register and update their information by clicking on the “what is CMU Alert?” link. Students can update their information here as well. You will need to login with your username and password to register and update information.

President's Welcome Postponed

3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 19

Severe weather is forecasted for the CMU campus over the next two hours.  Therefore, the 4 p.m. President’s Welcome address to first-year students and their families is postponed to 9 a.m. Sunday in the Tent on the College of Fine Arts lawn.