Emergency Alert System

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 imminent or underway as soon as sufficient detail is available to provide constructive information to protect and inform community members. Some instances where the system could be used include when the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for our community or during police or fire response requiring notice to shelter in place or evacuate quickly.

Oberlin College has entered all Oberlin College email addresses for students, faculty, and staff into the Emergency Alert System database. Additionally, student contact phone numbers on file with the office of the Registrar are entered. Office numbers for faculty and staff members 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 can send voice messages to landlines and cell phones and send text messages to cell phones, email addresses, TTY/TDD devices for the hearing impaired, and other text-receiving devices. During an emergency, a member of the college’s Campus Safety Office will issue an alert message 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 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 may update using OberView or contacting Human Resources.

To verify or update your contact information, press the Update Your Info button found below and follow the instructions. If you have not registered or signed up to access your information in the system, you will need to create a new access account by pressing, Sign Me Up! and following the prompts.

On returning to campus, students should confirm that their preferred contacts are in the system.

If you need assistance with this process, please contact Campus Safety 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 Information