Quick Start

Available to: Students, Faculty, Researchers, Staff

Cost: Text messaging charges may apply, depending on your mobile plan.

The BU Emergency Notification System (ENS) enables designated BU members to send out emergency messaging to BU community members (students, faculty, staff, and guests) via phone calls, text messages, email, social media, web pages, and through the Everbridge app.


The system facilitates timely notification and transmission of important information and instructions in emergency situations. The BU community quickly receives information needed to make informed decisions and take appropriate actions. The system also meets the emergency notification requirements of the Clery Act.

Key Features

  • Thousands of contact points can be notified within minutes
  • Information can be transmitted in a variety of ways, targeting many types of devices, including
    • Mobile phones (text and voice messages) and land lines
    • Email accounts
    • BU web pages
    • Social media, e.g., Facebook and Twitter
    • Everbridge App
  • Recipients can update their contact preferences at any time

What to Expect

The BU Emergency Alert System will be available 24 by 7


  • Students are required to provide an emergency number as part of their registration and can update their contact preferences on the Student Link
  • Faculty and staff have the option to add and update emergency contact information for the BU Emergency Alert System on the BUworks Central Portal

Getting Started

  • Learn more about the BU Emergency Notification System and how to handle emergency situations at BU’s Emergency Management website
  • Update your personal information on the Student Link or, for faculty and staff, the BUworks Central Portal
  • To start receiving notification via the app, please go to the appropriate app store for your device and download the Everbridge app from Everbridge Inc.
    • Once installed, click on “Find and organization or subscription” and search for “Boston University”
    • You will be prompted to authenticate using your BU credentials as well as approving the login via DUO…that’s it, you are now enrolled to receive emergency notifications through the Everbridge app!