WUSTLAlert Test – October 26, 2016 at 12:05 PM

Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) will test its emergency communication system at 12:05 PM on October 26, 2016. These tests are to ensure WUSTL can effectively communicate with the community in an emergency. The test will take place unless there is potential for severe weather on that day, or another emergency is occurring at that time.

When you receive an alert, please respond as quickly as possible, as that will help the university gauge the effectiveness of the system. During the test, faculty, students and staff will receive alerts through some, or all, of the following communication modes:

  • Email to @wustl.edu address from WUSTLAlerts@wustl.edu
  • Text messages to registered cell phones
  • Alertus beacons
  • Desktop popups
  • indoor public address systems
  • Voice Over Fire Alarm systems
  • Cable TV overrides (Danforth Campus only)
  • the WUSTL app
  • the RSS feed to the emergency.wustl.edu website

WashU community members are strongly encouraged to enter or update their contact information via HRMS and WebSTAC/SIS. The univeristy uses the information in those databases to contact individuals when necessary during an emergency.



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.