CUNY Alert

CUNY Alert logoStudents, faculty and staff can enroll to receive text or voice notifications of campus emergencies or weather related closings through CUNY Alert. You select the best way to get messages: cell phone, home phone or e-mail. So stay alert! Visit to sign in and make sure you’re receiving alerts for your campus.

What is CUNY Alert?

CUNY Alert is used to notify the CUNY Community of emergencies via text, email and/or phone messages.  Through an arrangement between CUNY and the New York State Emergency Management Office, CUNY Alert uses the state's all-hazards alert and notification system, NY-Alert. The alerts may be campus specific or University-wide.

How to Sign Up

You can use your CUNYfirst account to access CUNY Alert.

For current CUNY Alert users, notification information has been migrated to CUNYfirst, eliminating the need to sign up again.  You may review and modify your contact information at any time by following the instructions under “How Can I Modify my CUNY Alert Profile”.
For new and current faculty and staff, once you receive your CUNYfirst account, you will be auto-enrolled in the CUNY Alert system.  Your accounts will be pre-filled with your college affiliation(s) and CUNY business email address, with the option of adding additional contact information.  Employees who do not have CUNYfirst accounts may sign up as Guest Users.
For Guest Users, you can go to and click the “Manage Guest Account” button.  You will need to create a username and password by clicking on the “How Do I Create A User Name?” link.  After you have filled in the information required to create your account, click on Register. On the next page, fill in the requested information for your profile, then click Save and Continue. On the next page, select CUNY Alert in the Go To box. You are required to select at least one campus. You may choose telephone numbers (up to five voice and five text), and four additional email addresses that you want associated with your account.
For students who have not already enrolled in CUNY Alert, you may do so by accessing CUNYfirst, clicking on the “Self Service” link and selecting “Student Center” and then selecting “To Do”.

Are all CUNY campuses participating in CUNY Alert?

Yes, CUNY Alert is a University-wide system, available to the CUNY Community, which includes students, faculty, and staff.

How Can I Unsubscribe From CUNY Alert?

Only Students and Guest users can unsubscribe.

What are the benefits of CUNY Alert?

  • CUNY Alert provides secure, web-based emergency alerts about the entire CUNY community that keep you informed and aware to potentially avoid dangerous situations.
  • CUNY Alerts are timely and can save you from inconvenience.  For example: you trudge through a snowstorm to get to class, only to find that your school has been closed for the day. With CUNY Alert, you have the information you need before you get out the door.
  • You are able to select where and how you want to be notified. You may choose as many CUNY locations as you like, up to five e-mail addresses, and up to ten phone numbers (five text and five voice).

What types of "Emergency Messages" may I receive?

Primarily, you may receive messages for emergency events.  Depending upon the severity of the incident, CUNY Alert messages can range from specific instructions to general warnings.  Here are a few examples:
  • Weather – severe weather conditions that include flooding, snow/ice/cold, thunderstorm, wind, tornado or hurricane.
  • Fire – fire to building(s), wildfires, local community or industry that endangers a campus.
  • Bomb Threat/Suspicious Package – based on intelligence that indicates the threat is credible.
  • Civil Disturbance – large group disrupting normal campus activities.
  • Hazardous Material - dangerous or hazardous material incident that may pose a risk to the college community.
  • Major Road Closing/Off Campus Incident – unanticipated external event that would disrupt safe passage to and from a campus.
  • Medical Emergency – epidemic or event with mass casualties.
  • Personal Safety – situations that include use of weapons, violence, perpetrator(s) at large, active shooter, and hostage situation or missing persons. Any situation on or off campus that constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat to person or property.
  • Utility Failure – a major disruption or damage to utilities including gas, electricity or water.