UBC Alert

UBC Alert is the university’s mass notification system to send alerts in urgent situations that pose an immediate safety or security risk to the community. The system is supplied by an external organization called AppArmor, and messages are coordinated on UBC’s main website ubc.ca, Twitter @ubcnews, and digital signage across campus

Please add the UBC Alert phone numbers to your contact list so you are aware of any incoming UBC Alert notifications.

Voice calls: 604-822-0164
Text messages: 723-389


Why is this needed?

In an urgent situation on campus, we want to increase the likelihood that students, faculty, and staff receive the latest information about what is happening as soon as possible. This way, you can make informed decisions that prioritize your personal safety.

These kinds of systems are becoming common in Canadian colleges and universities, and are part of the university’s commitment to proactively plan for rare but possible emergency situations.


When will UBC Alert be used?

UBC Alert will be used in active and urgent situations that require your immediate attention because they have the potential to:

  • Result in serious harm to people;
  • Cause substantial damage to property; and/or
  • Disrupt the usual activities of the university.


UBC Alert will broadcast information in situations such as:

  • Campus closures due to severe weather
  • Building evacuations because of infrastructure- or security-related issues; and/or
  • The rare case of an active threat situation and the call to Get out. Hide. Fight

The Director of Emergency Management will determine on a case-by-case basis if the size and severity of the incident has a likelihood of impacting the UBC community, property or operations and warrants the use of the system.


Sign up for UBC Alerts

Faculty and Staff

Including a mobile number in your Workday contact information will enable UBC to send you alerts in urgent situations that pose an immediate safety or security risk to the community.

You can review and edit your contact information by logging into Workday.

For information on how to access Workday and update your contact information, visit the Workday Knowledge base.

If you encounter problems when using Workday, please visit the Integrated Service Centre (ISC).



Log into the UBC Student Service Centre.

Add your cell phone number to ‘Your Details.’