There was a test of the emergency alert system at WVU on Sept. 19, 2013 at 1:00p.m.
If you believe you are signed up, but did not receive a text, please contact the HelpDesk write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-293-4444. The system is activated when there is an immediate threat on campus (Emergency Alert) or when weather conditions require a change in University scheduling (Weather Alert). Users can also add additional cell phones, for example spouse’s or parent’s, to their accounts. The service is provided by e2Campus and managed by the University Police, with technical support from University Relations-Web.
There is a new option to sign up from your phone by texting. You can text 79516 with the letters WVUAlert and automatically register your phone to receive a text alert.
WVU can send urgent news to your cell phone. Once you sign up for the service, powered by e2Campus, we will be able to text your cell phone with timely information. Sign-up Now!
If you need to update your information you can sign into e2Campus.
Watch a tutorial with with directions.
Important changes to text alert system announced
One of the chief areas of concern for West Virginia University and University Police is the safety of students and those on campus. Several years ago, University Police introduced a text alert system. This system uses SMS texting available on most cell phones, and provides a way to notify a large number of people very quickly about immediate danger.
The system currently offers an “Emergency Alert,” a “Crime Alert” and a “Weather Alert,” and anyone can sign up for these text messages. However, as the system has been put into practice, University Police have received important feedback from the population it seeks to protect – namely, students. With their input, University Police have decided to limit the use of the text alert system and reserve the system for Emergency and Weather Alerts only.
Information on crimes will, of course, still be provided – but not using SMS text alerts. The feedback from students helped the University Police determine that the Crime Alerts were being misconstrued as Emergency Alerts, and were potentially desensitizing students to these emergencies. For example, text alerts about crimes that posed no ongoing threat were confusing to recipients. University Police determined that, in order for the system to be most effective during a genuine emergency, it was important not to overuse the alert system with reports of crime when there was no continuing or immediate threat to campus safety.
The University, through its News and Information Service, will provide notices of crimes by sending out press releases, posting on WVUToday (http://wvutoday.wvu.edu), posting to campus Information Stations (digital signage network), MIX and Twitter. E-News will also be used to provide crime notices to faculty and staff. For parents and others off campus, follow WVUNews on Twitter.com to receive notices about crime on campus.
Click on the following link for more information about the Emergency Alert system and to sign up. http://emergency.wvu.edu/alert/
University Police believe that these changes will help keep everyone informed and will be the most effective way to alert the campus community of emergencies and imminent dangers. University Police will continue to make changes and improvements in an effort to make West Virginia University a safe environment for students, staff, faculty and visitors.
Individuals who have already registered for the alert but do not receive the test emergency alert should contact the Help Desk at (304) 293-4444 or email@example.com.
This site is intended to inform the WVU community about emergencies occurring on the Morgantown campus. In the event of an emergency:
- Up-to-date information will be posted on this web page.
- The University also will communicate with employees and students via messages to official WVU e-mail addresses.
- Information will be provided to print, broadcast and web-based media outlets.
- Families receiving Parent Electronic News will be notified.
Reporting an Emergency
- In an emergency, call 911 (9-911 from campus phones) for any situation that requires immediate police, fire, or medical response to preserve life or property.
- You can use any of the outdoor blue tower emergency phones to report a campus emergency. Just pick up the receiver and press the button on the front center panel. Campus police may be reached at 293-COPS (2677).