UMW Emergency Notification Systems

Emergency Alert Notification System (EANS)

The University of Mary Washington Emergency Alert Notification System (EANS) encompasses all emergency communication tools available to safeguard the well being of the institution:  Alert UMW (text messaging), Area Warning System (sirens), mass emails, website posting, and/or phone notification.

EANS will be used when imminent circumstances present a significant risk to the life or safety of the University’s populations and/or property. Imminent circumstances may include near-immediate weather-related events or similar man-made situations.

Alert UMW (text messaging)

What you Need to Do to Participate

Please note that we are in the process of transitioning to a new provider for UMW Alerts Text Messaging. If you have already signed up, you can use the link provided below to update your information. You can only sign up for the new system via an email you should have already received multiple times by now.

The emergency notification system, known as UMW Alerts, is not automatically assigned to you. In order to get these notifications on your cell phone, pager, Blackberry, or other mobile device, STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND STAFF NEED TO SIGN UP FOR THE SERVICE.

This may seem like an inconvenience to some, but there are good reasons why this system is “opt-in.” Cell phone accounts and carriers can frequently change. It is more efficient, and secure, for users to manage this personal information regarding these accounts. In addition, the Alert UMW system is available to community and family members. As a publicly-available system, the University is not in a position to manage account information for those outside the UMW Community.

We are all aware from recent events how important it is to stay informed of what’s happening on campus. Please make sure that you are signed up for this service so that you can recieve up to date directions in the event of campus emergency.

Area Warning System (siren/speaker system)

The Area Warning System is a series of sirens/speakers located in all areas of the Fredericksburg and Stafford Campus’s as well as the Battlefield Athletic Field. They will broadcast a predetermined spoken message or siren sound when activated. It is intended to alert individuals who are outside of buildings and unable to receive other forms of emergency communication. Upon hearing a system activation on campus you should seek additional information from other forms of communications, email, voice mail ,public service communications while seeking shelter INSIDE of a building. Further information will follow an activation alert

Mass Emails and/or Website Postings

Advisory information may be announced via email from the President or the Vice President for Administration, Finance, and Legislative Affairs and through the University’s “Information Hotline” at (540) 654-2424.

As there often is additional background information that is helpful to share with the University community concerning these topics, the Office of University Relations and Communications will update the “campus advisories” page on the University web site, under the direction of the Office of the President and the Office of the Vice President for Administration, Finance, and Legislative Affairs.

At times when conditions prevent the University Relations staff from having access to the on-line systems, the “Information Hotline” should be used to communicate the most up-to-date information.

Be advised that information concerning events effecting the university will be posted as soon as information is recieved or decisions have been made as to closures or relocation of classes/offices and or residents.