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There is currently no emergency.

In the event of an emergency, this space will be used to provide timely information to the University community. It will be updated regularly as new information becomes available. This site informs the Northwestern University community about what to do in advance of, during and after a major emergency.

Northwestern Emergency Notification System 

Northwestern’s campus-wide emergency notification system warns students, faculty, staff and visitors more quickly in the event of an immediate or imminent threat on campus, as well as other important situations.


For immediate or imminent threats, messages titled AlertNU notify members of the Northwestern community via email, text, phone calls, digital screens, the web and social media when there is an emergency occurring on campus that requires immediate action, like an active aggressor.

Crime Notice

For serious and continuing threats, messages titled Crime Notice notify community members when there are critical incidents and threats to safety to know about such as robberies, sexual assaults, aggravated assaults, vehicle thefts or hate crimes.  

Be prepared for emergency situations

Keep your contact information up to date.

Students, faculty and staff have been automatically entered into the system. If your contact information or phone number changes during the year, please use the following systems to update: 

If you have not yet added your mobile number to your emergency contact information, please do so.

For more detailed updating instructions, see the Northwestern Knowledge Base

Review and understand emergency preparation resources.

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