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The University of Washington (UW) has developed UW Alert to disseminate official information during emergencies or crisis situations that may disrupt the normal operation of the UW or threaten the health or safety of members of the UW community.

UW Alert is offered on a voluntary self-subscription basis for current UW faculty, staff, and students at UW Bothell, UW Seattle, UW Tacoma, and UW Medicine.

UW Alert delivers messages to subscribers on a "best effort" basis to email and to Short Message Service (SMS) text-capable wireless devices, such as many cellular telephones. UW Alert is also available on Facebook and Twitter social networking sites. Search for "uwalert" and become a fan or follower.

UW Alert is a personalized service that is designed to complement other tools already used by UW to communicate with the UW community during crises or emergencies. Examples include:

  • Special alerts posted on the UW Web sites: UW home page, UWIN, and MyUW
  • UW information line:
    206-UWS-INFO (897-4636) and
    toll-free 1-866-897-4636
  • Email sent to all current faculty, staff, and students
  • Official messages disseminated via the local media

Effective emergency response requires personal preparedness and planning. While no emergency communication system can be guaranteed to be effective and reliable in every situation, we encourage you to sign up for UW Alert as one part of your emergency preparedness plan.

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