Department of Emergency Management


Key Campus Contacts

Emergency: 911
University Police
Non-Emergencies: 805-756-2281

University Police Newsline

805-756-NEWS (6397)
Radio Station 1610 AM (Cal Poly Alert System)

Information Sources

Emergency Alert System *
920 AM, 1400 AM, 98.1 FM, 1610 AM (Cal Poly)
* only activated during emergencies

Homeland Security Threat Code

Red - Severe Risk
Orange - High Risk
Yellow - Significant Risk
Blue - General Risk
Green - Low Risk

Additional Information

Content is Maintained by Department of Emergency Management

Phone: 805-756-6658

Department of Emergency Management (DEM)

DEM’s mission is to support our students, faculty, and staff to ensure that as a university we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards that may impact our campus.

Our goal is to develop, maintain, and sustain a campus-wide, comprehensive, all-hazard, risk based emergency management program that engages the whole community.

Cal Poly's response to an emergency on campus will be guided by the following fundamental priorities:

  1. Life safety
  2. Secure and preserve infrastructure and facilities
  3. Restoration of the academic program

When an emergency occurs, employees are expected to remain at work unless they are directed to leave and be prepared to follow emergency procedures and exercise reasonable judgment.

Click on the following items to learn more about how experts advise us to prepare for specific campus emergencies and actions:

An Emergency Reference Guide can be downloaded and printed for a quick desk reference or posting.

Comments or questions regarding campus emergency preparedness should be sent to

Date last updated: October 12, 2015