What is SUNY NY-Alert?

SUNY NY-Alert allows SUNY campuses to warn students and college employees of an impending or ongoing emergency, and provide timely emergency information to the same groups to protect lives and minimize campus disruption.

Participants will need to “opt in” to the system to receive the Alerts. Messages can be received via cell phone (text and/or voice), telephone, email and fax. When they opt in, they will choose the format they would like to receive messages in.

How do I sign up for SUNY NY-Alert?

All students, faculty or staff members are encouraged to sign up for the SUNY NY-Alert notification service. At Hudson Valley Community College, access to the sign-up form can be found once you login to Hudson Valley WIReD.

Once you sign up, you can modify your information at any time by logging in to WIReD, selecting Personal Information, and then select SUNY NY-Alert Notification.

What constitutes an “Emergency” on a SUNY campus?

These categories were developed to guide our authorized campus SUNY NY-Alert message administrators and represent those areas where most Alerts may occur. However, any emergency where the health and/or human safety on a SUNY campus is in question, constitutes an “Emergency.”

Bomb Threat – based on intelligence that indicates the threat is credible.

Civil Disturbance – large group disrupting normal campus activities.

Fire – large-scale fire to building(s), wildfires, local community or industry that endangers campus.

Hazardous Material - dangerous material, chemical, biological, nuclear spreading from a contained area.

Major Road Closing/Incident – unanticipated event that would disrupt safe passage to and from campus.

Medical Emergency – pandemic or event with mass casualties.

Personal Safety – situations that include use of weapons, violence, perpetrator(s) at large, active shooter, hostage situation or missing persons. Any situation, on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the Chief Administrative Officer or designee, constitutes an on-going or continuing threat to person or property.

Suspicious Package – reasonable belief that a package may contain chemical, biological or nuclear substance that would cause harm to persons or property.

Utility Failure – a major disruption or damage to utilities including gas, electrical or water.

Weather – severe weather conditions to include flooding, severe snow/severe ice/cold, thunderstorm, wind, tornado or hurricane.

Will this be the only way the campus is notified during an emergency?

No. The college sees the SUNY NY-Alert system as an additional way to notify the campus community of any emergency situation.

In addition to the SUNY NY-Alert system, whose messages will only go to those who opt-in to the service, the college will broadcast emergency messages using:

  • the college email system to send out mass emails to college-assigned faculty, staff and student email accounts
  • the homepage of the college website,, to post emergency information
  • other media outlets

Attention Faculty
The college suggests that all faculty members register for the SUNY NY-Alert Emergency Notification System. To do so, enter the WIReD system and login using your username and password.

You will then be prompted to either:

  • register For NY Alert immediately
  • be reminded to register at a later date
  • or decline to register for NY Alert

You will be unable to proceed further through the WIReD system (i.e. to enter grade books) if you do not choose one of these options.