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Active Threat Response Training

Run, Hide, Fight 

We hope you never encounter an active threat situation, but we want to prepare you for the worst case scenario. Knowledge truly is empowering, and our goal is for our community to be better able to think and act quickly in an emergency. 

UCF faculty and staff members can request an active threat tabletop training request below. UCF Police officers will host this training and share best practices when responding to an active threat, such as how to prepare, what to do in the event of a threat, and ways to defend yourself.

How and When You’ll Be Contacted During a Campus Emergency

UCF Alert FAQs

How do I sign up for a UCF Alert?

All UCF students, faculty and staff are automatically enrolled into the UCF Alert system through their MyUCF or Workday account.

I am a parent or family member of a current student. Can I get UCF Alerts, too?

Parents can receive UCF Alert emails by having their Knights add additional emails addresses to their Rave account. Additionally, parents can sign up for UCF Alert push notifications on the UCF Mobile app. To do this:

  • Download the UCF Mobile app on the App Store or Google Play
  • Open the app and select the “Safety” module
  • Tap UCF Alerts and then select “Opt into UCF Alerts Push Notifications” from the drop-down menu
  • Tap the green “Opt in” button on the top right of the screen

How do I add an email address or edit a phone number for UCF Alert text messages?

  • Go to
  • Log in using your NID and password
  • On the “My Account” tab, verify the information including your e-mail address and mobile phone number
  • Your UCF email address is listed by default; to add an additional email address, click the “Add” button
  • To edit your mobile phone number, click the “Edit” icon and follow all prompts for mobile phone verification.

What should I do when I receive a UCF Alert?

In an effort to get UCF Alerts out as quickly as possible, initial messages may contain limited information. Regardless of the Alert’s contents, you should always:

  1. Recognize that an emergency is occurring on campus.
  2. Take the recommended actions identified in the alert messaging, such as sheltering or evacuating.
  3. Seek more information from the  UCF Police Department’s account on X (formerly known as Twitter).

How do I report errors during a test or activation?

If you detect an error during a test or activation (e.g. did not receive a text message), please contact UCF Emergency Management at

I have graduated or no longer am affiliated with the university, but I am still receiving UCF Alerts. What do I need to do to stop these messages?

Graduates and former employees are automatically unsubscribed from the UCF Alert system. If you are still receiving alerts, please reach out to UCF Emergency Management at from your UCF email account.

Why do Emergency Notifications and Timely Warnings send out differently on UCF Alert?

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, has specific requirements intended to help keep our university informed about threats to health and safety in a manner that allows the community to make informed decisions about their safety and the safety of others. There are two types of campus alerts required by the Clery Act – timely warnings and emergency notifications. While both similar, there are certain criteria for the issuance of each. To learn more about these requirements, click here.


  • All Clear: The impacted area is safe and reopened for normal operations. 
  • Evacuate: You may be asked to leave your residence hall or building for localized incidents, such as a fire alarm or major disasters, such as a hurricane. Coordinate your plan for getting out safely in advance of an emergency. 
  • Lockdown: Move to an indoor space with few or no windows, lock and barricade doors, and wait for further instructions from police. 
  • Avoid. Deny. Defend.: If you can avoid the threat by safety evacuating the area, do so quickly. If avoiding is not an option, deny the threat access to you and lockdown. If you cannot avoid or deny the threat, defend yourself. Fight for your life and do whatever it takes to survive.