Workplace Violence/Active Shooter Response Training

This free one-hour class is intended for employees and students to give them an understanding of what to do when confronted by a person committing violence or an active shooter at the university. Participants learn about how to use the Run, Hide, Fight, Report method and how the university will respond to an emergency of this nature.  More info


National Preparedness Month – September 2016

September is recognized as National Preparedness Month, which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit. You play a vital role in educating your work group on emergency procedures. Together, we can make Washington University a more disaster resilient campus community!

Take steps to increase your ability to respond to an emergency at work by:

  • Staying informed. Make sure you are able to receive WUSTL alerts by logging in to HRMS, selecting “Employee Self Service” and then “My Emergency Preparedness Info” to review your contact information.
  • Knowing your surroundings and being aware. Report any suspicious activity to WUPD (Danforth, West and North campuses – 314-935-5555) or Protective Services (Medical campus – 314-362-4357).
  • Taking action if you receive a WUSTLAlert. Follow any instructions that are included and await additional information.
  • Educating yourself on emergency procedures by reviewing the Quick Reference Guide – and sharing it with your coworkers!

Zika Virus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel alert to highlight countries where Zika virus is prevalent. The Zika virus is spread by mosquitos and is therefore most prevalent in tropical environments. Generally, symptoms are mild and include fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes), lasting several days to a week. Currently there is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika, but severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

Travelers can limit their exposure to Zika (and other mosquito-borne illnesses like Malaria, Dengue Fever and Chikungunya) by taking precautions to avoid mosquito bites.  More information

International Travel & Study Abroad

Recently, the US Dept of State issued a global travel alert through June 20, 2016.  Washington University in St. Louis has a travel registry, policy and resources to aid our students, faculty and staff as they plan their university travel or study abroad travel.  More information

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.

The Emergency Management Office

The mission of Washington University in St. Louis’ Emergency Management Office is to protect the university community in the event of an emergency.

Emergency management is responsible for facilitating the coordination and integration of activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the university’s ability to prepare for, respond to, mitigate against, continue operations during and recover from natural disasters, acts of terrorism or other human-caused crises or disasters.