Penn has taken significant steps to ensure that the University continues to function in case of an emergency. The resources and information contained on this page are designed to help members of the Penn community prepare for and cope with an unexpected crisis, and protect the campus community should the region experience a hostile act. Please bookmark this page and refer to it often for up-to-date information.

Campus Security Information

Please be alert and report any criminal incident, suspicious behavior or improper security activity to the Division of Public Safety by dialing 511 from any campus phone, 215-573-3333 from off campus, or 911.

UPennAlert Emergency Notification System

Penn's emergency alert communications system enables students, faculty and staff to quickly receive news and instructions during a emergency. The University can notify members of the Penn community via personal electronic devices through text messaging, voicemail and email. The Penn Siren Outdoor System, comprised of 13 speakers transmitting voice emergency messages, can also send UPennAlerts.

UPennAlert Emergency Notification System    Emergency Phone Numbers

Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers a wide range of support, including therapy, crisis intervention, structured workshops, psychological testing, medication reviews and consultation. The department offers assistance for students, faculty, staff, and family and friends. Individual, group or family counseling is available. For emergencies, call 215-349-5490 and ask for the CAPS Clinician On Call.

Counseling Resources

The Division of Human Resources contains a trove of information on dealing with traumatic events and emergencies. These materials may be helpful at work or home following a personal emergency, crisis, or national or local traumatic event. This information is provided by Penn's Employee Assistance Program, which can be reached at 888-321-4433, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for access to one-on-one assistance.

Office of International Programs

Penn's Global Activities Registry is an easy-to-use web tool for gathering information about the University's international programs and activities, as well as the itineraries and emergency contact information of individual travelers. Penn has contracted with International SOS to provide travelers with 24-hour worldwide medical and travel assistance, including emergency evacuation. International Student and Scholar Services offers immigration and travel information for international students and scholars at Penn.

International Travel Safety Advisories

The U.S. Department of State closely monitors world events and their impact on international travel. The department provides country-specific information for every country, and issues Travel Alerts for short-term events travelers should consider when planning a foreign trip, and Travel Warnings advising travelers whether they should avoid a country altogether due to internal conflicts. Visit the State Department website for the most current travel information.

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