Frequently Asked Questions
Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to your safety. That is why NIU all NIU students and employees are automatically subscribed to an Emergency Notification System that alerts them to safety issues on and around campus as soon as possible. To learn more about that system, check out the questions below.
The university's Emergency Notification System may be used to to distribute important information via text message, recorded phone message and/or email. The system will use the mobile phone number that has been provided by students and employees through MyNIU. This is just one component of the university’s emergency notification plan. See Types of Bulletins for information on safety bulletins and the channels of communication that can be utilized to provide timely warnings to the campus community.
All text messages from the NIU Emergency Notification System will come from 893-61. You may want to add that code to your phone’s contacts under “NIU Safety Bulletin” so you recognize the name when the message comes through. Emails will come from firstname.lastname@example.org and will be sent to your niu.edu email address. All emails will come from NIU Safety Bulletin at an everbridge.net address. Everbridge is our emergency notification system vendor. The emails from that domain are legitimate.
The message will give you a very brief description of the situation and tell you if you need to take action. Text messages have a 140 character limit, so the message will be brief. See Safety Bulletins for detailed information. The system will ask you to confirm receipt of the message. This helps the university know that the message was received.
There is no charge to sign up for this service. Your cell phone carrier might charge you to receive text messages, so please check your plan. If your plan includes unlimited text messages, you will not be charged.
NIU students and employees are automatically subscribed to the service via their contact information in MyNIU. See our registration page for information on how to update your mobile phone number in MyNIU.
The primary purpose of this service is to notify the immediate campus community as quickly as possible in the event of an emergency situation so it is only available to NIU students, their families and NIU employees. The following methods are available to the general public:
NIU students have the ability to register up to two emergency contacts to receive NIU Emergency Alerts. These contacts can be parents, spouses, family members or anyone else. The primary purpose of this service is to notify the people on campus as quickly as possible when an emergency occurs. Notifications will be sent to the parents, spouses and others AFTER a message has been sent to all students and employees.
You can update your cell phone number by logging in to MyNIU, and updating your phone number under Personal Information.
Contact information for the system is updated daily, so once you graduate or leave, you will be removed from the system. Parents, when your child graduates from NIU, your numbers will be deleted from their account. If you are listed on the account of another child who is still enrolled, you will continue to be registered.
- Safety Bulletins
- Emergency Information
- Report an Emergency
- Emergency Versus Non-Emergency
- Emergency Call Boxes
- NIU Emergency Response Guide
- NIU Safety Bulletins
- Register for Alerts
- Update Your Emergency Contact Information
- NIU Weather Information
- Illinois Road Conditions
- Illinois Emergency Management Agency
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Department of Homeland Security
In case of emergency: Call 911
Non-Emergency Phone Number: 815-753-1212