Campus Safety

Emergency Communication

The UMAlert System is used only in the event of a tornado warning or other serious emergency impacting campus. Please take a few minutes to ensure you have provided accurate and up-to-date contact information in the UMAlert system. Shelby County residents may also sign up for ShelbyALerts.

Storm shelters are available in the lower levels of the 3D Art Complex and the Center for the Arts. These shelters will open if Montevallo is placed under a tornado watch or tornado warning, and a UM ID is required for entry. The basements of many UM buildings are also considered areas of refuge during business hours. If you cannot make it to a storm shelter or area of refuge, seek shelter in the lowest level of the nearest building, away from outside doors and windows.

Emergency Information


 Visit the University of Montevallo Department of Public Safety webpage

Police Department, Station 6155 Montevallo, AL 35115
(205) 665-6155

Severe Weather Communication

During severe weather, members of the University of Montevallo community should be alert for warnings issued by radio, television and UMAlert. University Police monitor the National Weather Service radio for severe weather bulletins. Upon receiving a tornado warning including the University, University Police will take appropriate steps to warn the campus community. When a Tornado Warning is received on campus, persons should go immediately to the lowest level of the building they are in and take shelter in interior rooms or hallways away from windows and doors. Persons outside a building when a Tornado Warning is issued should go to the nearest open building and seek shelter. Please see additional information below about storm shelters and areas of refuge.Following are the warning signals:

  • Tornado Warning Alerts: Alert warnings are received by UMAlert; e-mail, phone call or text.

Storm Shelters and Areas of Refuge

Designated Shelters and Areas of Refuge: The University of Montevallo has two designated storm shelters on campus along with several areas designated as “areas of refuge” that can be used during severe weather emergencies. We encourage the use of these areas during a weather emergency if time and safety permits. However, when threatening weather conditions exist or when a Tornado Warning is issued, time and other dangerous contributing factors may not permit safe travel from one building to another. If you are faced with these dangerous contributing factors you should remain where you are and seek shelter in the lowest point of the building in an interior, enclosed space away from any windows. UM shelters open when the University of Montevallo is placed under a Tornado Watch by the National Weather Service. The shelters remain open until the Tornado Watch or Warning is removed. Campus shelters and areas of refuge are provided for the safety of our students, faculty and staff.

The University of Montevallo’s FEMA rated Storm Shelters are located in:
The 3D Art Complex
The Center for the Arts

The basements of the following buildings are considered to be “Areas of Refuge” that can be used if you are unable to reach a storm shelter:
Myrick Hall – Academic Building (During Business Hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Bloch Hall – Academic Building (During Business Hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Napier Hall – Residence Hall – (Residents with Card Access Only)
Davis Hall – Academic Building (During Business Hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Ramsay Hall – Residence Hall – (Residents with Card Access Only)
Speech & Hearing Center – Academic Building (During Business Hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Hanson Hall – Residence Hall – (Residents with Card Access Only)

Some academic buildings may not be open outside normal business hours. Residence Halls with basements or designated Areas of Refuge can only be accessed by residents using their student access cards.