Communication during emergencies
How CSU will notify you during an emergency
This website – the University Safety website – is the primary repository for health and safety information related to incidents on and near a Larimer County campus.
Emergency notifications from CSU
CSU uses the Everbridge notification system that is supported by the Larimer Emergency Telephone Authority and activated for CSU-related emergencies by CSU personnel. This system issues email notifications to all CSU students and employees who maintain an @colostate.edu email address. Cell phone notifications are also made to employees and students who have a telephone number on file with the university. To sign up for alerts from other agencies or for more information, please visit the Larimer Emergency Telephone Authority website at leta911.org.
The CSU Police and Safety Facebook and X, (formerly known as Twitter) accounts share all emergency alerts that are of an urgent nature and may present an immediate threat to the life or safety of those on the physical grounds of campus. CSU’s social media pages, such as Facebook and X, may also be used to share emergency information or campus closure.
Additional emergency communications options:
These communications channels may or may not be used during an emergency or Larimer County campus closure, depending upon the nature of the emergency.
The University’s online newsletter, SOURCE, is a resource for information about university closures, such as a snow day.
Colorado State University homepage: www.colostate.edu
The Colorado State University homepage – www.colostate.edu – may be updated with emergency information as needed.
University status information number
Call (970) 491-7669 to get the latest information about University operations and emergency closures, such as during severe weather.
Emergency Broadcast System
Local cable and broadcast stations may be interrupted with emergency notifications.
CSU Police 911 Center
All campus calls to 911 are routed to CSUPD dispatch. Additionally, the center uses a community notification system that allows the University to call specific land-based phones in a targeted area.
Local and regional media outlets
Many media outlets list school closures, such as snow days, and also provide information during an emergency or regarding a university closure.
Fort Collins & Denver Media Outlets that communicate when CSU is closed (due to weather or other issues)
- Radio stations broadcasting emergency/closure information: 530-AM, KOA-AM (850), KCSU-FM (90.5), KUNC-FM (91.5), KTCL-FM (93.3), KGLL-FM (96.1) or KPAW-FM (107.9)
- Television stations broadcasting emergency/closure information: News 7 on KMGH-ABC, Fox 31 News on KDVR-FOX, 9 News on KUSA-NBC, and News 4 on KCNC-CBS.
- Newspapers reporting emergency/closure information online: Coloradoan and Denver Post.
Please note: The university only sends emergency text and email alerts when there is a situation that presents an ongoing threat to the physical area of campus, such as an incident on campus or when a suspect in a serious incident may be moving toward campus. If an incident is quickly resolved by police (a suspect is arrested, for example), no alerts are sent. The university does not send alerts about incidents that occur off campus in the community and do not threaten campus.