A campuswide warning and notification system, UCLA uses BruinAlert to communicate official information during emergency or crisis situations that disrupt normal operation of the UCLA campus or threaten the health or safety of members of the campus community.

Students with a valid email address in the UCLA Campus Directory will automatically be enrolled in BruinAlert to receive e-mail alerts. Students can also subscribe to BruinAlert via SMS text messaging through their MyUCLA portal.

Can I sign up for BruinAlert?

BruinAlert is now accessible to parents and families. You can text “Follow @UCLABruinAlert” to the number 40404 to receive SMS text message alerts. You can also follow @UCLABruinAlert on Twitter for daily updates on campus operations. Updates and emergency information is also available through the new UCLA Bruins Safe mobile app, available through the App Store and Google Play.

Emergency tips for you and your Bruin

  • Stay aware of all emergency notification and information channels (communication and advisory resources, listed here).
  • Talk to your Bruin about common Southern California natural disasters, including earthquakes and wildfires.
  • Students should be familiar with all emergency exits at their place of residence and keep an emergency kit including an emergency radio, flashlight and water.
  • Discuss a plan for reuniting or contact after a potential on-campus or local emergency.
  • Read the OEM’s page on individual emergency readiness.

Emergency Information & Campus Safety

As your student takes full advantage of the UCLA experience, it is important for us to create a safe environment for our community. Situated among some of the most well-kept neighborhoods of Los Angeles, we are one of the safest large, public campuses in the country. We encourage an environment that fosters exchange of ideas and opinions without fear of harm or disregard for fellow Bruins – this type of exchange allows for us to grow in our understanding of differing opinions and views and hopefully grow in appreciation and respect for others.

In partnership with students, parents, staff and faculty, our work with the Office of the Dean of Students and the UC Police Department helps us ensure a safe campus for your Bruin.

However, we are indeed part of a large urban community and a public campus. Individuals must do their part, in partnership with our campus, to keep themselves safe.

Safety at UCLA

The University of California Police Department (UCPD), located on campus on Westwood Boulevard, is responsible for maintaining campus safety. The department:

  • Employs over 60 sworn officers, 45 civilians and 130 students to help maintain a safe environment for the community
  • Officer escort services are provided in the evening to walk students from late classes, events or study sessions to their residence halls
  • Assists with various other safety-related concerns, including crime reporting and prevention and lost & found.

Click here for a letter from Chief of Police Tony Lee.

Safety tips for your Bruin

  • When on campus, in the case of an emergency, students should dial (310) 825-1491. We recommend that all students have this number programmed into their phones.
  • When working late on campus, students should call the Escort Service at (310) 794-WALK 15 minutes before they plan to leave their current location.
  • The Evening Van Service provides a safe means of transportation around campus during the evening hours: (310) 825-9800.

UCPD offers an extensive list of tips for students in various situations, including in the residence halls, in parking lots and structures, in libraries and at night.

Emergency Management

In the case of a major campus emergency or crisis, UCLA websites, including this one, will feature links to all relevant information.

Additionally, streamlining communication for potential campus emergencies and emergency preparedness, the UCLA Office of Emergency Management (OEM) posts the most current information online via their website, Facebook and Twitter.