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Updated at: Wednesday Aug. 24, 2022 at 1:18 PM

Test of the WVU Emergency Alert

Updated at: Wednesday Aug. 24, 2022 at 12:58 PM by: Cathy Orndorff

To ensure proper communication during an emergency, West Virginia University will conduct a test of the WVU Alert system at 1 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 24).

Faculty and staff must manually register for the emergency messaging system. If you are already registered, we encourage you to update your information and ensure it is correct prior to the test. Students are automatically enrolled but should log into their account if they did not receive a message to update their cell phone number. 

WVU Alert messages are sent through all possible channels of communication when there is an imminent threat to the safety of the campus community or when the University is delayed or closed due to weather conditions.

The Campus Warning tier of the WVU Alert system is utilized when Clery-reportable crimes occur within the area designated by the Clery Act. Messages are sent through email and social media communications.

Community Notice messages, which are posted on social media, are sent for less urgent incidents in an effort to enhance safety on campus and provide useful information. 

We encourage all employees and students to follow the @WVUalert Twitter, the @WVUsafety Twitter, and the WVU Safety and Wellness Facebook page to receive important updates. Students can also utilize the LiveSafe app to receive messages. Other app features include the abilities to anonymously report tips to WVU Police through direct two-way communication and virtually walk home with friends or family.

For more safety resources and information, visit

Emergency Communication

This site is intended to inform the WVU community about emergencies occurring on the Morgantown campus. In the event of an emergency:

  1. Up to date information will be posted on this web page.
  2. The University also will communicate with employees and students via messages to official WVU e-mail addresses.
  3. Information will be provided to print, broadcast and web-based media outlets.
  4. Families receiving Parent Electronic News will be notified.

Reporting an Emergency

In the event of an emergency please follow these steps:

  1. Call (304) 293-3136 , or (304) 293-COPS (2677) for any situation that requires immediate police, fire, or medical response to preserve life or property.
  2. 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. University Police may be reached at (304) 293-COPS (2677)

Important Phone Numbers

Student Emergencies

In the event of emergencies involving WVU students, students and parents should contact the Office of Campus and Community Life at (304) 293-5611.

If the emergency occurs outside normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:15 am – 4:45 pm), please call the Department of Public Safety at (304) 293-3136 where someone is on call 24 hours a day.