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Use the safety and emergency resources available on this site to familiarize yourself with the University of Waterloo's emergency procedures, and take an active role in your personal safety and security.

The resources found on this website mirror those found within the WatSAFE app, making this important information quickly and easily available to members of the University community who do not have access to the mobile app. You can also follow these steps to receive notifications on your mobile device via SMS text message, even if you don't have a smart phone or data plan.

  1. Nov. 20, 2019Mac version of new WatSAFE Desktop Notification tool now available

    What is happening? The Mac version of the new WatSAFE Desktop Notification tool (announced in August) is now available.

  2. Oct. 3, 2019Test of the campus emergency communication system - October 10

    What is happening? We will be testing the University’s campus-wide emergency communication system. 

    When is this happening? Thursday, October 10 at 2:00 p.m.                                              

    What is the impact? Emergency communication channels being tested include: 

    • Tweets to @UWaterloo and @WatSAFEapp 

    • WatSAFE mobile app 

    • The ‘UW Emerge’ on-screen pop-up for desktops and laptops 

  3. Aug. 26, 2019Launching new campus emergency notification tool – WatSAFE desktop notification

    What is happening? The University’s current emergency desktop notification tool, UW Emerge, will be replaced with a new tool called WatSAFE desktop notification.

    Why is this happening? The existing desktop notification tool was developed by University employees several years ago, and while it has worked well in the past, IST no longer has the inhouse resources to modify and fully support the tool. Also, the new macOS no longer supports 32-bit applications, a change that prevents new users from downloading UW Emerge to their Mac machines.

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WatSAFE Desktop Notification tool now available

Download the WatSAFE Desktop Notification tool to your Mac or Windows machine to receive emergency communication alerts to your desktop: