Campus Status and Emergency Information

Buckeye Alert System Test January 19 

A Buckeye Alert system test will occur January 19. Students, faculty and staff on all Ohio State campuses will receive a text message that will be clearly identified as a test. Due to new texting requirements by cellular carriers, “Urgent Buckeye Alert” will now appear in the text to indicate the urgent nature of the message. If a Buckeye Alert is issued, information will also be posted at emergency.osu.edu. If your cell phone number is already in Workday (for faculty/staff) or BuckeyeLink (for students), then you are automatically registered for the Buckeye Alert text messaging system. Faculty, staff and students have the ability to register up to two additional cell phone numbers to receive text message notifications. The system also sends severe weather alerts to the entire university community for tornado warnings.

Read more about alert notices.

Preparing for Emergency Situations

Emergency Information Background:

If a Buckeye Alert is issued, information will be posted on this page and on Emergency Management’s Twitter account @OSU_EMFP and Facebook account.

Below is a brief overview of safety resources to help prepare you for emergency situations:

  • Active Aggressor Video
  • Safety Messaging Toolkit
  • About Alert Notices
  • Buckeye Alert Desktop Pop-ups – As an additional resource to provide the campus community with safety information, Buckeye Alerts will be shared via a pop-up message on select public desktop computers on campus. These computers include machines located in pool classrooms (those managed through University Registrar Classroom Scheduling), computer labs and libraries. The desktop pop-up message will contain the same information that is shared in Buckeye Alerts sent via text message. Users may close the message after it appears on their screen.