Detailed services and resources available to the campus community

WMU Alert: phone, text, and email notifications

WMU Alert is an opt-in emergency notification system available to WMU students and employees for on-campus emergencies.

Register your phone number by logging in to GoWMU and clicking on the Register for WMU alerts link the top of the page.

Communications issued through WMU Alert are in compliance with the requirements of the Clery Act.



WMU Public Safety Twitter advisories

Follow WMU Public Safety (@WMUPublicSafety) on Twitter.

If you don't have a Twitter account, you can receive text messages by using Twitter's "Fast Follow" feature.

Types of messages posted by WMU Public Safety via Twitter

  • On-campus emergency alerts
  • Near-campus emergency and advisory notifications*
  • Crime-prevention suggestions and safety tips
  • General comments about the university and community

*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.


Receive text messages with Twitter's "Fast Follow" feature from WMU Public Safety

  • Opt-in by texting "follow wmupublicsafety" to 40404.
  • Opt-out by texting "unfollow wmupublicsafety" to 40404.
  • Stop all Twitter Fast Follow messages by texting "off" to 40404.
  • Restart all Twitter Fast Follow messages by texting "on" to 40404.
  • If you need help, you may visit Twitter's Fast Follow help page or contact us.

Additional information on signing up for Twitter's "Fast Follow" feature

  • If your mobile number is affiliated with a Twitter account, you may need to turn on SMS notifications.
  • When you initially sign up to follow us you will also receive our last tweet as a text message (and it may be old).
  • Twitter's phone number is 40404. That's the number you are sending the message to.
  • Some phones will insert a dash in the phone number and it may display as "404-04". This is ok.
  • The actual text you send is "follow wmupublicsafety" (without the quotes).
  • Some phones will capitalize some letters. It will still work. Additional spaces are a problem. Capitalization is not.



Campus emergency call boxes

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 Safe Ride (7-RIDE)

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.



Crime reporting

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).

If an immediate response is not needed, you may report an on-campus crime by emailing crime@wmich.edu or completing the online contact-us form.

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.



Drive Safe Kalamazoo

Drive Safe Kalamazoo is a non-profit organization that provides safe rides to students Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 11 p.m. to 3 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. Find more information on the DSK website.



Fox 17 news and weather apps

Users can choose to receive alerts for breaking news, weather and traffic.

Downloads:


News 8 text alerts

Users can sign up to receive a number of text alerts, from school closings to breaking news. Register online.



WWMT text alerts

Users can sign up to receive text alerts for breaking news and severe weather. Sign up here.