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WMU Alert is the emergency notification system for on-campus emergencies.
Types of messages sent as a WMU Alert:
These are safety and informational messages about incidents that are not known to be an immediate threat to those on the campus of WMU.
Types of 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.
Students and employees may opt-in to get WMU Alerts and Advisory Notifications as phone calls and/or text messages
Register your phone number by logging in to GoWMU and clicking on the Register for WMU alerts link the top of the page.
Click the change your preferences link near the bottom of the registration page to add/remove advisory notifications.
Then select if you'd like just WMU Alerts or both WMU Alerts and Advisory Notifications.
For campus visitors to receive WMU Alerts and Advisory Notifications via text messaging
Additional information about the SMS Opt-In feature
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.
A police dispatcher at the WMU Department of Public Safety is available 24 hours per day for emergency and non-emergency calls at (269) 387-5555 (for emergencies, dial 911 or 7-5555 from a university phone).
For reporting an emergency or calls that require immediate assistance, please call (269) 387-5555 (911 or 7-5555 from a university phone). Do not email or complete the online form for emergencies.
Dialing 911 from a mobile phone on or near campus will connect directly to the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.
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.