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WMU Alert is the emergency notification system for on-campus emergencies.
Types of messages sent as a WMU Alert:
WMU Alerts will only be used in cases of extreme and immediate danger, school closings and system testing.
Text messages will be from the following phone numbers: 226787, 67283, 78015, 81437, or 22911.
Voice phone calls will be from (269) 387-0911.
WMU Alert emails will be from firstname.lastname@example.org, so it is recommended you add this email address to any accepted recipient list so it does not get blocked or sent to a junk mail folder.
Periodic test emails are also sent from the system (at least one per calendar year).
The College of Aviation and Extended University Programs can issue alerts for their specific regional locations. You may elect to receive alerts for up to two of those locations.
WMU Alerts are always sent to all WMU email accounts. For students and employees to also get WMU Alerts on their phone, they must opt in.
These are safety and informational text messages (no voice phone calls) about urgent incidents that are not known to be an immediate threat to those on the campus of WMU.
Types of text messages sent as advisory notifications:
*The University and its Department of Public Safety are not always notified about near-campus or off-campus emergencies by surrounding law enforcement agencies. In addition, some incidents will not be immediately reported if the primary agency believes a notification will hinder the investigation and/or potentially put more people at risk.
NOTE: WMU students and employees signed up for Advisory Notifications via the GoWMU portal will also receive these notifications via University email.
Students and employees may opt in to get WMU Alerts and Advisory Notifications.
Register your phone number and/or change your preferences by logging in to GoWMU and clicking on the WMU Alert Settings link.
For campus visitors to receive WMU Alerts and Advisory Notifications via text messaging
Additional information about the SMS Opt-In feature
WMU students and employees may download this app and register with their @wmich.edu email addresses.
Follow WMU Public Safety (@WMUPublicSafety) on Twitter**.
Types of messages posted by WMU Public Safety via Twitter
**Users must have a Twitter account to get notified when WMU Public Safety sends a tweet. Twitter discontinued their Fast-Follow feature that allowed those without a Twitter account to get text messages. Anyone who previously used this feature to get WMU Alerts and Advisory Notifications as a text messages are encouraged to opt-in using the newer methods:
More than 100 emergency call boxes are located throughout campus locations and are clearly marked with signage and blue lights.
With the push of a button, these call boxes automatically dial 911, connecting directly to WMU Public Safety.
WMU Public Safety provides walking and driving safety escorts during certain hours throughout the fall and spring semesters.
Walking escorts are available from 6 p.m. to 2 p.m., and driving escorts from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. most days.
The county consolidated dispatch center answers emergency (911) and non-emergency (269-488-8911) calls 24 hours per day.
For reporting an emergency, or if immediate assistance is needed, please dial 911 from your cell phone or any campus phone. Do not email or complete the online form for emergencies.
Users can sign up to receive a number of text alerts, from school closings to breaking news. Register online.
Users can sign up to receive text alerts for breaking news and severe weather. Sign up here.