Emergency Communication

During an emergency, UBC will use different channels to get information out to the community. UBC Alert sends text messages to your cell phone coordinated with messages on UBC’s main website ubc.ca, Twitter @ubcnews, and digital signage across campus.

To sign up for UBC Alert, follow the instructions below. Don’t worry, the cell phone numbers we collect are used solely for emergency purposes and are stored in accordance with university privacy standards.

The university’s crisis and emergency response groups get notified using our response communication app called AlertGo.


Faculty and Staff

Including a cellphone number in your Workday contact information will enable us to send you text message alerts in the event of an emergency.

You can review and edit your contact information by logging into Workday, and can find information about how to do this within the Workday Knowledge base.

If you encounter problems when using Workday you can request support through Service Now.



Log into the UBC Student Service Centre.

Add your cell phone number to ‘Your Details.’