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March 6: Test of WSU Alert emergency notification system slated

PULLMAN, Wash. – A spring semester test of the WSU Alert emergency alert system, including campus outdoor warning sirens, will be conducted at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, on the Pullman campus by the Office of Emergency Management.

WSU Pullman also will test electronic door locking capabilities with a 15-minute door locking test beginning at 11:45 a.m. This will be a full activation of the lockdown function and may take some time to fully initiate. Most doors will lock completely, allowing only first responder access. Interior and exterior doors will unlock at noon. Please note, people will not be locked inside buildings and if you need to exit a building, you may still do so at any time.

Faculty, staff and students associated with the Pullman campus who have signed up for emergency notifications also will receive text messages, phone calls and emails — all of which will be clearly identified as test messages.

WSU has developed the WSU Alert system to disseminate official information via email, text messages, telephone, loudspeakers, Alert website and other means to notify the campus population of emergencies or threatening situations.

Notifications may include such events as inclement weather, violent actions and gas leaks. When such events occur, WSU will activate appropriate components of the system to alert people to the situation and provide them the opportunity to assess their individual circumstances and act to take appropriate safety precautions. WSU encourages students, faculty and staff to be personally aware of developing incidents, assessing each emergency individually, and taking actions to ensure the safety of all.

All WSU Pullman students, staff and faculty can subscribe to WSU Alert by visiting myWSU online to register or update emergency contact information. Follow WSU Alert on Twitter @WSUAlert and see https://alert.wsu.edu/ for more information.

 

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