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The Y-Alert emergency notification system is designed to immediately alert BYU students and employees of an emergency or serious threat by email and/or text message.

To receive Y-Alert messages by way of text messaging and email, campus members must register their information online via their personal account or at the link above. It is important for students and employees to ensure their information is up-to-date.

Y-Alert notifications will only be sent out in the event of an emergency and for occasional testing to ensure the system is working as intended. See some possible emergency notifications below.

Possible Y-Alert Emergency Notifications
Seek Shelter
Stay Put
Run, Hide, Fight


There is a hazard inside the building.

When told to evacuate, walk to the nearest exit; don't run. Use the stairs instead of elevators. Calmly make your way to the designated Emergency Assembly Point (EAP) outside of your building.

Possible reasons to evacuate may include:

  • A fire on campus
  • Hazardous material spills
  • Indoor flooding
  • A crime in progress
  • Bomb threats
  • Indoor gas leaks

For more information on what to do when evacuating, visit our evacuation page at the link below.

Seek Shelter

There is a hazard outside the building.

Weather emergencies or contaminants may make it temporarily unsafe to be outside. Stay indoors. Close windows and exterior doors. Avoid windows, glass, and unsecured objects. Don't use elevators.

Possible reasons to seek shelter may include:

  • Severe weather events
  • Flash flooding
  • Chemical hazards

For more information on what to do when seeking shelter, visit our page at the link below.

Stay Put

You are safe, but need to stay in your room or area.

Sometimes it's necessary for university officials to keep an area clear of passersby. If this happens, you should stay in your current location but can otherwise go about business as usual. Await further instruction.

Possible reasons to stay put may include:

  • Medical emergencies
  • Physical altercations
  • Police investigations
  • Verbal disturbances
  • Criminal activity nearby
  • Animal(s) loose in the building

For more information on what to do when instructed to stay put, visit our page at the link below.

Run, Hide, Fight

There is a moving threat on campus.

When an aggressor is on campus, you can either run, hide, or fight. Choose which is right for you, and prepare yourself mentally and physically to deal with the situation.

Lock and barricade doors, turn off the lights, silence your phone, and stay out of sight. Don't open the door for anyone. Contact police when it is safe to do so, and do whatever you can to survive.

For more information on what to do during an active aggressor situation, visit our active shooter page at the link below.