Status - Normal

The University of Pittsburgh is operating normally at this time.

Emergency Preparedness

Flu Season

Flu activity usually peaks in the United States between December and February. However, flu activity can also begin as early as October and continue until May. As a general health reminder, please prepare for flu season by reviewing flu prevention tips here and by getting your flu shot!

Ebola Preparedness

The University of Pittsburgh continues to closely monitor the Ebola virus outbreak. At this time, there are NO confirmed cases of Ebola in Pennsylvania and there is no immediate threat to the Pitt community. 

Notice to the Pitt Community- October 28, 2014

Recent Ebola-related events throughout the country have received much media attention. Ebola is not present in the Pitt community, but the safety of our students, faculty, and staff will always come first, and several University departments continue to monitor the changing situation and adjust plans accordingly. You can find Pitt’s general Pandemic Preparedness Plan in Appendix N of the Emergency Management Guidelines on the Pitt Portal. An Ebola-related committee has convened to plan for various scenarios, and for Pitt-related Ebola information, bookmark and continue to monitor this page. We have also been in contact with our UPMC hospital neighbors and local health authorities to coordinate responses if that becomes necessary in the future. For many types of information about the Ebola virus, review the CDC’s website at:

Learn More: 

*New* Top 10 Things You Really Need to Know about Ebola

 What You Need to Know about Ebola

 Advice for Colleges, Universities, and Students about Ebola in West Africa


 University of Pittsburgh

Notice to the Pitt Community from the Department of Environmental Health & Safety (October 1, 2014)

 Ebola Information from Student Health Services

 Travel Registry (via portal)

 City of Pittsburgh

Allegheny County Health Department 

The Allegheny County Health Department will actively monitor all individuals arriving in or returning to the county after traveling from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone. ACHD staff will be in daily contact with these individuals, monitoring their temperature and inquiring about any symptoms of Ebola. This monitoring will continue until the traveler has cleared the 21-day incubation period.

 U.S. Government 

 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Questions about Ebola?

Students call Student Health Services at 412-383-1800

Faculty and staff call Employee Health at 412-647-3695

*Continue to monitor this page for future updates.


Get Notified, Be Prepared

The University’s Emergency Notification Service will be used to communicate though voice and text messages as deemed appropriate in the event of an emergency.

Additionally, the University is able to send emergency e-mail simultaneously to all faculty, staff, and students and can make announcements over the public address systems in campus buildings.

Campus Resources and Response

The University of Pittsburgh Police Department, in conjunction with Facilities Management, Computing Services and Systems Development, and other departments, works proactively to prepare for and deal with emergencies.

If necessary, the University can electronically lock down 80 percent of the buildings on the Pittsburgh campus from the Communications Center at Pitt's Public Safety Building.

University police also have access to nearly 300 electronic surveillance cameras and 500 emergency phones, which are monitored 24 hours per day.