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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. Jan. 21, 2020Test of the campus emergency communication system - Jan 28

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

    When is this happening? Tuesday, January 28 at 2:15 p.m.                                              

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

    • Tweets to @UWaterloo and @WatSAFEapp 
    • WatSAFE mobile app 
    • The ‘WatSAFE Desktop Notification’ on-screen pop-up for desktops and laptops 
    • Portal alerts and push notifications 

    Messaging: The message displayed will read “TEST of the UW Emergency Notification System. During an actual emergency or threat you would receive instructions. No action is required.” More information regarding the emergency would be available at alert.uwaterloo.ca

    Approximately 15 minutes after the test activation message is sent, a deactivation message will display, “The test of the UW Emergency Notification System is complete.” 

    In the event of a real emergency during this test, please contact Police Services at 519-888-4911, or ext. 22222. 

    Be sure to install the WatSAFE app on your device and WatSAFE Desktop Notification tool on your desktop/laptop to receive this test message, and more importantly, to stay informed of campus emergency situations. Visit the WatSAFE website for more details. 

    Questions or concerns? Please contact the IST Service Desk, helpdesk@uwaterloo.ca or ext. 44357. 

  2. 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.

  3. 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 

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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: