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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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.

Flu prevention
Flu season in the Midwest typically peaks between December and March. There’s still time to reduce your risk of contracting the flu! The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and over receive the annual flu vaccine. Certain University employees are required to receive the shot. More information.

Prevent the spread of germs by avoiding sick people, covering your mouth with you cough or sneeze, and washing your hands with soap and water.

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