Carnegie Mellon University

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 Be Notified During An Emergency


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.

Follow us on Facebook!  Follow us on Twitter! 

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.

CMU mobile alert app

The CMU Mobile Alert App is a free iPhone and Android mobile app for students, faculty, staff and parents. It was developed to provide:

  • Guidance for 20 different emergency procedures;
  • Information regarding crimes and crime prevention;
  • Links to important Carnegie Mellon websites;
  • Interactive maps that provide information about locations of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs);
  • Automatic dialing for University Police, Safety Escorts and 911.

Download options

Apple Store

Google Play Store

Recent CMU-Alert Notices

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

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.