Alert Definitions


Emergency Alert: Notifications regarding critical incidents that pose an imminent threat to the health or safety of the University on-campus community. Examples of such emergency incidents include, but are not limited to severe weather, hazardous materials incidents, and acts of criminal violence that broadly threaten the safety of the University community.

Weather Alert: Utilized when weather conditions have, or will cause delays and additionally when such conditions have or will close the university.


Campus: WVU owned or leased property or within very close proximity. Close proximity are areas running through or immediately adjacent to WVU property.

Evacuation means to leave the area of actual or potential hazard. Evacuations require carefully developed plans and procedures to remove the at risk population out of an area safely and without confusion. The decision to evacuate should be based on the reasonable assurance that the movement of people to an area outside of an affected area is in the best interest of their health and safety, and is of minimal risk to them. An evacuation decision is also dependent the availability of transportation and shelters.

Shelter-in-Place means to stay indoors—in homes, schools, businesses, or public buildings. It may include additional precautions such as turning off air conditioners and ventilation systems and closing all windows and doors. Shelter in place should be used when movement creates a greater risk.