Cornell Tech is committed to protecting the health and safety of its students, faculty and staff.  Emergency procedures are in place that allow us to quickly notify local authorities and the campus community when an emergency situation is in progress and then provide instructions on how to respond.  These communications are issued via the use of e-mail, SMS (text messaging), voice messaging, and public address systems utilizing our state-of-the-art RAVE Mobile Safety emergency mass notification system.

To test proper operation and ensure performance during an actual emergency, the Rave Mobile Safety emergency mass notification system will be routinely tested throughout the academic calendar. The campus community will be notified before a campus-wide test is performed.

Current enrollment procedures:

EMN systems are a critical component for emergency management. We encourage all members of the Cornell Tech community to enter a mobile phone number in their personal record so they receive these important alert messages. Students will input their contact information in Student Essentials and Employees will input their contact information in Workday. If you have not yet entered your emergency notification information, please do so now.

Please refer to the following instructions on how to enter your mobile phone number.

  • Students: Visit and select the “Personal” tab. Go to “Update Phone Numbers” and enter your mobile phone number. For your entry to be saved in the system, you must select “Update Phone Numbers” at the bottom of the page.
  • Faculty and Staff: Go to and select the “Personal Information” button, then update the fields for “Contact Information”.


If you choose to not provide your cell phone number, or you do not have a cell phone, you understand you will not receive emergency text alerts from Cornell Tech. You will continue to receive alert email messages in your mailbox.

If you need further assistance with this process please contact Richard Silva, Assistant Director of Safety & Security, at or 646-971-3611.

For our visitors…

Your safety is a top priority, and we want to ensure that you have every available tool to keep you informed about emergency situations that may occur on campus. While here, you can sign up to receive text notifications in the event of an imminent threat to the campus community. TechALERT messages may be sent for natural incidents such as a tornado or other dangerous weather, unnatural events such as an explosive device or active shooter, or if the campus changes its operating status due to an emergency or weather event.

To enroll your cellphone to receive text messages, text “CornellTechVisitor” to 226787.

On August 1st of each year, there will be a system generated “stop” at which point you will need to re-enroll. You can stop receiving messages at any time by texting “stop” to 226787.

By entering your cell phone number in one of the above locations, you indicate you want to receive emergency text alerts and/or voice phone messages and accept responsibility for any data charges or fees that may occur. Cornell Tech will do its best to send emergency alerts for imminent threats to health and safety or for changes in university operations (e.g., closures, delayed start).

During a campus-wide emergency:

When there is a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of the campus community, an Emergency Mass Notification (EMN) is distributed without delay to the entire campus community using one or many of the campus EMN systems.  An EMN notification would not be distributed only if it could compromise efforts to contain the emergency.

  • If you receive a SMS (text message), voice message, or email you should promptly follow the directions given in the message and move to a safe place.
  • If a public address announcement is made, you should promptly follow the instructions given and move to a safe place.
  • Following the immediate notification from any of the above systems, you should go to a safe location and monitor  for additional information and instructions.


Weather emergency:

Cornell Tech will also utilize emergency mass notifications to alert the campus community of any potential weather emergencies that could affect the campus and to provide information on campus closings. Additionally, please monitor our website and local news for updates.


Annual EMN Test Results:

On October 11, 2023, at approximately 1:00 PM, and on October 17, 2023 at approximately 12:19 PM, Cornell Tech conducted its annual test of its Emergency Mass Notification (EMN) Systems.

The test of the public address systems was successful with all campus blue light poles properly annunciating the broadcasted test message. Testing of the email, sms (text), & voice delivery systems was also successful. The RSS feed to the Safety & Security website was functional and displayed the message accurately.