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  • Reminder for Inclement Weather

    Dear students, faculty and staff,

    Last year, the Pullman area faced an unusually harsh winter with much more precipitation than is typical. This letter serves as a reminder for all of us to take local conditions into account when determining whether travel to and from campus can be accomplished safely.

    Because WSU Pullman is a residential and research campus, decision makers consider a broad range of implications when making any change to campus operations. When classes are cancelled, many essential operations are still in service and essential personnel, including Facilities, Dining, and Police, remain on campus. Decisions to delay or suspend operations are made based … » More …

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To report an emergency:

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DIAL 9-1-1

NOTE: When dialing 911 from a WSU Pullman campus number, there will be a 7 second delay in connecting. WAIT! DO NOT HANG UP!

How do I sign up for Notifications?

NOTE TO PARENTS: Our current system does not support parent or third party registration to receive notifications. However, we do allow each individual to list up to 9 different mechanisms for emergency notification.  Have your student list your contact information as an alternate to theirs, and that will get you emergency notifications as part of your student’s contact file.

  • Go to the myWSU portal and sign in using your network ID and password
  • Find the “Pullman Emergency Information” box on the left side of the page. Click ‘Update now’
  • Complete the Washington State University student emergency notification form
  • Once you have completed entering your contact information, please click ‘SUBMIT’. Your information has now been recorded and you are signed up to receive emergency notifications!

I got a text, call or email from WSU Alert. What should I do next?

  • CONFIRM that you received the message. If you are asked to confirm receipt of the message, please do so. This is important as it helps us know if the message is getting out to the campus community.
  • Follow the instructions given in the message, assessing your personal situation. This will vary depending on the circumstances.
  • Go to the WSU ALERT website (alert.wsu.edu), call the WSU Informational Hotline (509-335-2345) or check other official internal sources to get more information on what is happening and what you should do in response. We can only provide a brief bit of information in the WSU Alert message so you will want to get more details on the situation.
  • Follow the instructions of emergency personnel and comply with your unit’s emergency procedures as appropriate.

The Campus Outdoor Warning System for the Pullman Campus

NOTE Even if you cannot understand the voice instructions, your default action should be to always take shelter and seek further information from other WSU Alert resources!

WSU has installed five outdoor warning siren/public address units on the Pullman campus. The University may sound these sirens in the event of an emergency that may threat the safety of those outdoors. These sirens are designed to be heard OUTDOORS ONLY. The siren tones are prone to echoing among the buildings on campus; however all possible adjustments have been made to improve the intelligibility of the voice messages.

Law enforcement actions, such as the response to an active shooter, may or may not necessitate the sounding of the sirens. Emergency Management will follow the instructions of the WSU Police Department in regards to emergency warning and notification of any law enforcement activity.

I heard the Siren/PA system on campus. What should I do?

  • Pay attention. The sirens will always be followed by a voice message.
  • Follow the voice instructions. Be alert and pay attention to what is happening around you.
  • If you cannot hear or understand the voice instructions from the PA system, the default is always to seek shelter first, and then get more information from the WSU Alert website, WSU Informational hotline or other official sources.
  • Follow the instructions of emergency personnel and comply with your unit’s emergency procedures as appropriate.

Frequently asked questions

What should I NOT do when I get a message or hear the sirens?

  • Do not ignore the message. You won’t get one unless it is important, so pay attention and be alert!
  • Please don’t get on your cell or land-line phone and call your family/friends to talk to them about what is going on. WSU and Pullman have limited phone resources that can be easily overwhelmed due to high volume use. Please stay off your phone as much as possible; lines and cell phone capacity will be needed to get the word out to the campus community about the emergency, as well as for critical emergency communications.
  • Ask your friends and family to not call you during an emergency. The same issues apply from above to incoming calls from outside the area. Ask them, instead, if they hear about an emergency at WSU to go to the WSU ALERT website (alert.wsu.edu) for information. Ask them to not call the University for more information during the emergency. The best place for current and accurate information will be the WSU ALERT website.

Do I reply to WSU messages?

Do Not Reply To WSU ALERT Messages other than to Confirm Receipt of the Message per Instructions ProvidedWSU ALERT notifications will be prefaced with WSU ALERT in the message, and the from-address for WSU ALERT email messages will be emergencymanagement@wsu.edu