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Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness

The University of Dayton has a dedicated page for Emergency Preparedness. The page contains a general overview of Emergency Preparedness on campus, the University Emergency Response Guide, and information about any current emergency situations on campus.

If you would like to request personalized emergency preparedness training for your area, please complete this form and a member of Public Safety will contact you.

A link to the University of Dayton Emergency Preparedness site can be found in the Related Links section.

Emergency Notification System

Emergency Notification System Overview

The Emergency Notification System allows us to alert you in the event of imminent danger, such as severe weather or other emergencies impacting the University of Dayton community.  If such an emergency occurs, we will activate the system and provide information and/or instructions directly to you using telephone, SMS text messaging, and e-mail.  Your user information and university-managed contact methods are already entered in the system, but you may add additional contact methods to improve our ability to contact you.  The information you provide is protected and will not be used for any other purpose.

How It Works

When we issue a notification about a potential safety hazard or concern, you will receive a message on the voice or text communication methods that are university-managed and that you have registered.  If requested for the notification, you can confirm that you have received the message, which will stop the notification process for that particular notification. By confirming receipt, the system will not try to contact you should that message be resent.

Sign up for Notifications

If you are a University of Dayton student, faculty, or staff member your account is already created and populated with the university-managed contact methods (e-mail, university telephone extension, and university cell phones).  You may register your personal cell phone number through Porches. On Porches homepage, click "Menu" in the upper-right corner then the "My Account" box. Click the "My Contact Information" tab and put your cell number in the field designated for that information. Your number will then be imported into the emergency notification system.

A two-minute video and a step-by-step guide to updating your contact points in Send Word Now is available at the bottom of this page.


Run. Hide. Fight.

What is Run, Hide, Fight?

“Run, Hide, Fight” is a safety protocol for active shooter situations promoted by the Department of Homeland Security and other law enforcement agencies. It offers a plan of action for those who find themselves in the midst of a mass shooting.


Your first defense should be to evacuate if possible.


If you can not evacuate, the next course of action is to find a safe place to hide and stay out of view in silence.


As a last resort “and only when your life is in imminent danger,” says DHS, you should take steps to incapacitate the shooter and “act with physical aggression.”

A link to the 5 minute video "Run. Hide. Fight" can be found in the Related Links section.

Emergency Information

Call 911 from UD campus phones. Call 937-229-2121 from all other phones.

Non-campus phones and cell phones will reach the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center when dialing 911. Add 937-229-2121 to your cell phone for emergency calls to University of Dayton Public Safety.


Department of Public Safety 937-229-2131 (administrative offices)

Fitz Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2914