Duke’s communication approach is based on redundancy, using multiple methods to reach members of the university as well as parents, alumni, visitors and the news media.

Duke’s goal is to send timely notice after being notified of an emergency situation. While other means may be used, the primary methods of alerting people include the following:

Email: Depending on the nature and location of an emergency situation, Duke may send a “DukeALERT” message to all students, faculty and staff at their Duke e-mail accounts. Duke parents whose students have provided an email address to the University through ACES will not receive the initial emergency message but may receive a follow-up email from the Office of Student Affairs or other Duke offices, depending on the type of emergency.
Outdoor Warning System: An alert tone may be broadcast on campus using outdoor sirens. For more information, please see the Outdoor Warning System.
Text Messaging: An alert message may be sent to the mobile devices of Duke community members who register for a new text messaging system. Sign up for DukeALERT text messages or learn more about text messaging at Duke.
Web: Duke may choose to activate its emergency website, http://emergency.duke.edu, which serves as the primary source of information updates. It may also post alert messages on Duke.edu, Duke Today, Duke Pass and other websites, as appropriate. (In some situations, Duke may decide the emergency website is unnecessary but will still post updates on Duke Today.) Members of the Duke community are encouraged to subscribe to the emergency RSS feed that will automatically send them updates about emergencies. The RSS feeds will only activate in case of emergency.
Alert Web Bar:syndication technology allows for a web bar to appear automatically on websites across the university to highlight emergency news and other alerts. The alert bar accommodates two levels of information. Level 1 alerts, represented by a red bar, will be used for emergencies and will link to the DukeALERT website for additional information. Level 2 alerts, represented by an orange bar, will be used for important messages such as about pending severe weather or a gas leak in a building. These lower-level but still serious notices will link to the Working@Duke section of Duke Today for more information.Duke units and departments that would like to incorporate the alert web bar on their sites can follow the instructions developed by Duke Web Services to do so.
Phone: Duke will post an alert message on 919-684-INFO (4636), Duke’s emergency and severe weather information line. It may also use phone trees to notify essential-service staff.
Direct Contact: Residence Life staff will post emergency notices and safety information throughout the residence halls (provided circumstances allow this.) If you are in an academic building or other location on campus, Duke Police or other officials will attempt to alert you directly about what to do.
Other: Additional methods of communication may include distributing fliers and posting alerts on Duke Cable TV. Regular updates will also be provided to the news media.