The WSU Office of Emergency Management will be conducting the spring semester test of the WSUAlert system on the Pullman campus Thursday, April 20 at 11:45 a.m. Faculty, staff and students associated with the Pullman campus who have signed up for emergency notifications will receive text messages, phone calls, and emails which will be clearly identified as a test. This test will also include the campus outdoor warning sirens, which are designed to warn you that you should take shelter and seek further information from other WSU Alert resources such as Furthermore, WSU will be testing their central locking capabilities with a 15 minute lockdown starting at 11:45 a.m. This will be our first full activation of the central lockdown function, and may take some time to fully initiate.


Washington State University places the safety and security of its students, employees, and visitors as its highest priority. WSU has developed the WSUAlert 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. For example, in an active shooter situation, you will be made alert to the incident through WSUAlert. Assess your situation based off of your location and resources available to you. Choose the best action that ensures your safety. You can:


Run: Quickly evacuate the building, leaving your belongings behind.


Hide: If it is not safe to evacuate, hide in an area out of the intruder’s view, such as under your desk. You may be told to shelter in place, which means seeks shelter where you currently are located. Lock and barricade the door, and turn off lights and silence cell phones.


Fight: Only as a last resort and if your life is in danger, you may choose to fight. Act to incapacitate the shooter, and commit to those actions. For more information on what to do in this kind of situation, please go to


All WSU students, staff and faculty can subscribe to WSUAlerts. Visit myWSU and register/update your emergency contact information.