Stay Informed

Learn about the key tools, resources and methods of outreach available both on and off campus during an emergency situation:

Closings, Delays and Cancelati​ons

Provides closing, delay and cancelation information as well as links to transportation information for commuting during inclement weather. Read more on closing and delays.

Crisis Communication Tools

Yale ALERT System

The Yale ALERT system notifies students, faculty, staff AND members of the New Haven and extended Yale communities during emergencies via voice, email, and text messaging. Read about the Yale Alert System.

Fire Alarms and Public Address Systems

Forty-eight of the university’s largest buildings are equipped with the ability to make voice announcements over the fire alarm system. For isolated emergencies involving these buildings, targeted announcements will be made over this system. Additionally, 102 speakers for exterior broadcasting during an emergency have been installed over the Blue Phones throughout the university. Each speaker is capable of broadcasting a message covering a three block radius.

Yale Websites

During an emergency, critical updates and resources will be posted to the front pages of the university’s main website, the Emergency Management website, and YaleNews.

Social Media

Follow Yale to stay informed! The university posts regular updates on its Facebook and Twitter channels during emergency situations.

Blue Phones

Approximately 500 exterior phones are strategically located throughout the campus and are readily identified at night by blue lights located above or near them. The phones are equipped with red emergency buttons for direct connection to the University Police for police, fire, or medical emergencies and a keypad for dialing any campus number. Read more on Yale’s blue phones.

New Haven Emergency Alerts

The City of New Haven has an emergency notification system to help get important emergency information to residents and businesses as quickly as possible when it is needed. Examples of notifications include: weather-related alerts, evacuation instructions, and instructions related to city services such as street sweeping or snow-plowing. See New Haven Emergency Alerts