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It’s cold. It’s dark. It’s stormy. Is Western open? To find out, call the storm line/emergency hot line at (360) 650-6500.

Western Alert notifications

In the event of a crisis at Western Washington University, we will use every communication tool at our disposal to share information with the campus community as quickly as possible. The Western Alert system uses various notification tools:
  • E-mail messages
  • Cell-phone text messages
  • On-campus voice annunciation system
  • The Western website
  • The Emergency Stormline/Hotline
    • (360) 650-6500
  • This WWU Emergency Communications website

Students and employees can help us by logging in to Web4U via myWestern and making sure that your contact information is up to date. It is important that we know your main phone numbers, including cell phones; it's also helpful for the university to have contact information for your family members in the event of an emergency.


Emergency preparedness:

RUN. HIDE. FIGHT. Surviving an active shooter event:

Recognizing and preventing violence on campus:

A shooting on campus is a tragic scenario-one that we have a hard time understanding, much less accepting. It is, however, a reality in our world today. When we refer to a Flash Point, we are defining a time and place where anger or hostility flares into violence. It's a moment when an individual loses their ability to manage their emotions and acts out in ways that are harmful to themselves or others. Oftentimes, after a violent incident occurs, authorities are able to retrace an offender's past and identify clues that, in retrospect, could have indicated signs of impending danger.

Watch the video on the WWU Public Safety website.

Western Alert emergency notifications

Parents, family members, friends and community members also may sign up for Western Alert.

Western Alert messages are sent in the event of an emergency to the e-mail addresses and/or cell phones (via text message) of those on the notification list.

Sign up now.

Planning for an emergency

Western is active in its efforts to prepare for emergency situations and disasters. Read more about Western's emergency preparations.

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