Desktop UC Emergency Alert

Fostering a Safe Campus Community

UCalgary Emergency Desktop Alert is the University of Calgary’s emergency desktop notification system for university-managed computers and laptops. UC Emergency Desktop Alert delivers critical notifications that can save lives and prevent injury. Faculty, staff, and students using university-managed computers will see a pop up screen on their desktop in the event of an emergency.

Emergency System Testing

The Emergency Management team sends out a test alert via the UCSafety mobile app and the desktop UC Emergency Alert on the second Wednesday of every month.

The desktop test alert will appear as a pop-up on all university-managed computers. 

The below message will appear when the system is being tested. When the alert appears on your computer, click “Acknowledge” to close. Otherwise, it will disappear after 30 minutes. If you are in a lab, library, or classroom, inform others of the notification and direct them to remove the alert if it appears.

A UC Emergency Alert. Text reads: "This is a test. This is a test of UC Emergency Desktop alert system. If this was a real emergency, this message would include important information and instructions to help students, faculty, staff, and visitors stay safe. This is only a test. For the latest information on this emergency, please visit and download the UC Emergency app from your app store.

Frequently Asked Questions

The university will never ask for your password by email, phone, or via the UC Emergency Alert. Emergency alerts will contain instructions and can point you to the Emergency Management website, but will never ask you to do something using your computer.

If you see an alert from desktop UC Emergency Alert, follow the emergency instructions on screen. This can include details on where to go and what to do, e.g. evacuate a building.


Desktop UC Emergency Alert is a separate emergency notification system than the UCSafety app. Desktop UC Emergency Alerts will appear on university-managed computers while the UCSafety app will notify students, faculty, and staff via push notifications on mobile devices.

Both tools are important in providing students, faculty, and staff with the information they need quickly and easily in the event of an emergency on campus.