NOTE: Students, faculty, and staff at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) may have recently received an email inviting them to join the app “Wildfire.” In addition to its social features, the app promises to provide alerts for emergency situations nearby.
UNO does not currently utilize the Wildfire app as an official communication channel. Additionally, information shared in the app can be posted anonymously and without any verification from campus administration, UNO’s Department of Public Safety, or police.
The UNO Department of Public Safety is home to staff, programs and resources to help keep the UNO campus community safe.
UNO Public Safety is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week and provides a wide range of services including emergency first-aid response, criminal investigations, safety escorts, motorist assistance, and building access.
In the event of an emergency that impacts campus operations or the safety of students, faculty, staff or guests, UNO Public Safety and UNO University Communications will alert campus through the following ways:
- All-campus email
- e2Campus text message and email alerts
- Posts on UNO's official Facebook and Twitter accounts
- Emergency banner on the UNO homepage
- Overhead pages and indicator lights on campus
- Emergency information line (402.554.2255)
- Media outlets
Reporting an Emergency
Anyone experiencing an on-campus emergency should immediately report it to UNO’s Department of Public Safety at 402.554.2911 or by calling 911.
Immediate support from a confidential advisor can also be found by contacting UNO's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) office at 402.554.2409.
Blue Light Phones
Anyone on campus can alert campus to an emergency by utilizing one of the many Blue Light Phones places across campus.
Pressing the Blue Light Phone's Emergency button will send a notice to Public Safety dispatch and can allow for communication with a dispatcher.
A full list of Blue Light Phone lotcations can be found on the Public Safety website.
Campus Safety Tips
Members of the UNO community can contribute to the general safety on our campus by reviewing some basic safety tips.
In all activities, use common sense and be conscious of your surroundings. Don't ignore hazardous situations.
Explore campus maps to become familiar with the UNO campus and neighboring areas.
Always keep your vehicle locked and the windows up, when the car is parked and when you are driving. Have your key in hand when approaching your car.
Use the buddy system and look out for your neighbor. Avoid traveling alone at night around campus or nearby locations.
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.