The Washington University Emergency Management Department exists to provide a comprehensive and sustainable framework fostering a disaster resilient campus that allows our faculty, staff and students to learn, perform research and deliver patient care.

Emergency preparedness is a group effort that involves all members of the WashU community. To do your part:

  • Stay informed. Make sure you are able to receive WashUAlerts by logging in to HRMS, selecting “Employee Self Service” and then “My Emergency Preparedness Info” to review your contact information. Also, download the WUSTL app and enable notifications. View this flier for step by step instructions (PDF).
  • Know your surroundings and be aware. Report any suspicious activity to WUPD (Danforth, West and North campuses – 314-935-5555) or Protective Services (Medical campus – 314-362-4357).
  • Take action if you receive a WashUAlert. Follow any instructions that are included and await additional information.
  • Educate yourself on emergency procedures by reviewing the Be Prepared section of this website!

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Missouri Earthquake Preparedness Month
Did you know that St. Louis is within the New Madrid Seismic Zone? On average, the seismic zone experiences 200 tiny earthquakes each year! In honor of February being Missouri Earthquake Preparedness Month, take a few minutes to review our tips on the Earthquake page.

Mumps prevention
Mumps outbreaks have become a significant health issue on some college campuses. Although there has not been a case of mumps in the Washington University community, it is possible that this could happen at some point and it is important that we are prepared. For additional information about mumps, visit the Student Health Services website.

Winter weather safety
St. Louis can experience large snowfalls and ice storms during the winter months. Stay safe by learning how to prepare for winter weather. Check out our tips on the Severe Weather page.

Monthly outdoor siren testing
Tests of the university’s outdoor warning sirens, located on the roofs of Nemerov House, Brookings and Seigle Halls, will take place at 11 a.m. on the first Monday of each month in conjunction with St. Louis City’s and St. Louis County’s outdoor warning siren test. The tests will last approximately two minutes and are weather permitting.


Coming soon