If you have received an initial alert in a true emergency situation directing you to this page, information is still being gathered and this page will be updated as soon as possible. Continue to return here for up-to-date information of any situation on the Binghamton University campus that requires use of the Binghamton University Emergency Alert system.
When a real emergency occurs, students, faculty and staff receive critical information through a variety of official sources directing them to this page.
The following communication vehicles are regularly used during emergency situations:
- B-Alert text/email messages
Text and email messages would be sent out to all students, faculty and staff with information regarding the emergency. If you are not signed up for the B-Alert Emergency Alert System, follow this link to register: binghamton.edu/registrar/students/rave.html
- Binghamton University website
The University's homepage (binghamton.edu) will contain important information regarding critical incidents. All current alerts are posted to binghamton.edu/alert.
- Outdoor emergency siren
This public address speaker/siren is designed to warn only individuals who are outdoors on the Vestal campus; it is not intended to be heard by people inside buildings on campus. The alert tone may or may not be followed by voice instructions. Regardless, if you can comprehend the voice instructions, the default action anytime the siren is sounded is to take shelter in the nearest building and seek further information.
- BU Alert Line at 607-777-7700
Calling this number leads to a recorded message with updated information or instructions directing callers to this page for updates regarding all emergency incidents and weather-related information for the Binghamton University campus.
- Social media
Students, staff and faculty can learn the latest emergency information by following the University on social media.
- Electronic LED message boards and TV screens
The University manages a series of electronic message boards and TV screens throughout campus. Common locations for these types of signs include the entrances to campus. These boards may be quickly ‘captured’ and programmed to display emergency messages whenever necessary.
Lightning alerting system
In the event of inclement weather that brings lightning, Binghamton University utilizes three emergency notification systems on campus athletic fields to notify everyone in the area when lightning is detected within an 8-miles radius of campus. A horn will sound and a strobe will activate and remain active until 30 minutes have passed since the last strike of lightning within the 8-mile radius. To learn more about this lightning alert system and to view the 30-minute countdown timer when an alert has been initiated, go to our weather monitoring page.
We take campus safety seriously.