Emergency communication system test planned March 28

Washington University in St. Louis will test its emergency communication system at noon March 28. The test ensures that the university can effectively communicate with the community in an emergency. The test will take place unless there is the potential for severe weather that day or an emergency is occurring at that time.

During the test, WashUAlerts will send emails to @wustl.edu addresses, voice calls to campus phones and cellphones and text messages to cellphones. Emails will come from WashUAlerts@wustl.edu and voice calls and text messages from 314-935-9000.

The March 28 drill will include testing of the university’s yellow Alertus beacons, which are located in various large gathering spaces, common areas and classrooms. University computers with the proper software, indoor address systems, Voice over Fire Alarm systems, cable TV overrides (Danforth Campus only), the WUSTL app and the RSS feed to the emergency website also will be tested.

Students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to enter or update their contact information via HRMS or WebSTAC/SIS. The university uses the information in HRMS and WebSTAC/SIS to contact individuals when necessary in an emergency.

University community members who have more than one cell or pager number are encouraged to log in and include all numbers in their HRMS or WebSTAC/SIS profile.

Visit the emergency website to opt out of certain methods of personal communications, such as cellphone or home phone. Note that some contact methods cannot be removed. Additional information about the WashUAlert system is also on the site.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to visit emergency.wustl.edu to learn more about how to prepare for and respond to severe weather and other emergencies.

Email Emergency Management with questions about the drill.

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