WiscAlerts is the name for UW–Madison’s emergency notification system. The system is designed to provide information about an active emergency situation that requires the community to take immediate action in order to stay safe.
The philosophy behind WiscAlerts is to send a consistent set of messages across all platforms in an effort to reach as many members of the campus community as possible, in as short an amount of time as possible.
Depending on the exact nature of the situation, the system may utilize one or many of the components described below:
- Text messaging: UWPD will text subscribers in order to reach mobile users who may be away from their computers or offices. This is an opt-in service. Students, faculty and staff who have not yet enrolled in WiscAlerts-Text messaging can do so by logging into the My UW Portal and looking for the WiscAlerts logo. Registration is simple and takes just a few moments.
- E-mail: WiscMail users may receive a mass e-mail warning message.
- Phone: Campus Centrex phone users are configured to receive a call with a recorded message providing information.
(Note: Phone and email notifications do not require registration.)
In all cases, more information will immediately be provided at http://www.wisc.edu. The WiscAlerts system launched in April 2008 and has attracted steady interest and signups from students, faculty and staff, and new students in particular.
Details about WiscAlerts Text Messaging
UW–Madison students, faculty and staff can sign up to receive text messages in the event of an emergency.
Signing up is simple and takes just a few moments. You can enroll by visiting http://go.wisc.edu/wiscalerts
The service is free, but you will be responsible for normal short messaging service (SMS) charges from your cellular provider. Once you have registered your 10-digit mobile phone number, you will receive a confirmation text message indicating you have successfully subscribed. If you do not receive a confirmation text message, double-check to ensure you have submitted a number that receives text messages.
All WiscAlerts messages will arrive from the short code number 67283 or 226787, and will start with WiscAlert.
It is recommended that you store this number to your cell phone and label it WiscAlerts.
The service will be used to send critical safety information from UWPD. It is reserved for the highest level of emergency, and will never be used for advertising or spam.
Keep in mind that the service is offered on a best-effort basis. Cellular technology is still evolving, and there are many factors that could prevent a message from reaching your phone.