Emergency Notification System

Emergency messages are sent simultaneously via voicemail, email, text messaging, and computer screen takeover to the emergency contact information on file for each person in the Bowdoin community.

The Bowdoin Emergency Notification System (AppArmor) uses a  secure, web-based service to selectively store electronic contact information  provided by students, faculty, and staff. 

In the event of a campus emergency, the College will alert the Bowdoin community as to the nature of the emergency and provide safety information and instructions. Subsequent messages will be sent as necessary with further instructions and situational updates.

In an urgent but non-life threatening situation, College administrators have the option to deliver a more selective message directly to those listed on-campus telephone numbers, email populations, and/or the community as a whole. These types of message could be power outages, weather closures, parking bans, etc.


To ensure that you receive timely notification of campus emergencies and security alerts, we encourage all members of the campus community to regularly review and update their contact information.


1. Review your personal information (including emergency contacts) on Polaris.
2. To correct information use this Address/Contact Change Form. Please make sure the information on Polaris is up-to-date.
3. Contact the Office of the Registrar for assistance.



1. Sign in to WORKDAY, click on the Personal Information icon.
2. On the left side under the Change menu, click Contact Information.
3. Under the Home Contact area in the Phone Number section make sure the number listed as Home Primary is the number you want to get notifications on. If you need to update the number click the gray Edit button on the top left of the screen.
4. In the Primary Phone section click the Pencil icon. List the number which is the BEST way to reach you. Your cell phone can be your home number.
5. Click Submit when you are done.
6. Contact the Workday Assistance line for help, (207) 798-7070.