One of the best ways to protect yourself in an emergency situation is to stay informed. The College uses AC Alert to notify the campus community upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation occurring on the campus that involves an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees.

We urge you to sign up for the College’s AC Alert system, which shares important information and instructions with the campus community via texts, emails and automated phone messages, as well as emergency banners on college computers.


To update your contact information, log in to ACData. Select the “Students” menu, then “Address, Telephone and Mass Notification” to securely submit your contact information.


To update your contact information, log in to ACData. Select the “Employees” menu, then “Emergency Contact Information” to securely submit your information. Please note that Human Resources must first create your employment records before access is available.

Visitors, Contractors, etc.

Visitors can download an app to their phone to receive AC Alerts. After installing the "Alertus" from the iOS App Store or Google Play Store, be sure to allow notifications from the app. Enter "Amherst" when the app asks for an organization code, and you'll then be set up to receive AC Alerts on your phone.

Identifying Information

 AC Alerts are identified by the following information:

  • Text messages will be received from shortcodes 89361 or 87844.
  • Emails will be received from the address
  • Phone calls will be identified by the phone number 413-542-3278.
  • All text messages and emails will include the subject line “AC Alert”.