Emergency Alert System: Oberlin College’s Emergency Messaging System in the Event of Campus Emergency

Oberlin College incorporates in its emergency response plan an alert system that uses multiple delivery methods to provide emergency information to students and employees of the college. The Emergency Alert System (Blackboard Connect) is activated only when a critical incident is either imminent or under way, and as soon as sufficient detail is available to provide constructive information to protect and inform community members. Some instances where the system might be activated include the issuance of a tornado warning for our community by the National Weather Service, or during police or fire response requiring notice to shelter in place or evacuate quickly.

Oberlin College has entered into the database for the Emergency Alert System all Oberlin College email addresses for students and employees. Additionally, student contact phone numbers on file with the Office of the Registrar are entered. Faculty and staff members’ associated office numbers are also entered.

Each student, faculty member, and staff member may have an additional email address and a total of six telephone numbers stored in the system's database. The system has the capacity to send voice messages to landlines and cell phones and to send text messages to cell phones, email addresses, TTY/TDD devices for the hearing impaired, and other text-receiving devices. Emergency alerts will also appear on Oberlin’s OnCampus web pages. During an emergency, a member of the college’s Safety and Security Office will issue an alert that will be sent to each phone number and email address that campus community members have elected to store in the database.

Students and employees are responsible for verifying and updating their personal contact numbers and email addresses stored in the database. (Please note: The contact information contained within the Emergency Alert System is exclusive to the system. Changing numbers in the Emergency Alert database does not modify any information recorded in the college’s other databases. To update information for the college generally, students should notify the Office of the Registrar and employees should notify the Office of Human Resources.

To verify or update your contact information, press the Update Your Info button and follow the instructions. If you have not updated your information since the recent update to the alert system, you will need to create a new access account by pressing Sign Me Up! and follow the prompts.

If you need assistance with this process, please contact Safety and Security at (440) 775-8444 or Clifton.Barnes@oberlin.edu.

Update Your Profile

Update your contact information and alert preferences so that our alert messages can reach you in an emergency.

Update Your Info


If you have questions about the Emergency Alert System and about how to use it, browse through the set of FAQs to get your answers.

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Contact Information

If you have questions about the Emergency Alert System:

Students, faculty, and staff members should contact the Office of Safety and Security by calling x58444 or by sending an e-mail to cbarnes@oberlin.edu.