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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. Feb. 16, 2021Test of the University's emergency communication system - Feb 23

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

    When is this happening? Tuesday, February 23 at 2:00 p.m.                                             

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

  2. Feb. 1, 2021WatSAFE Desktop Notification tool - updated versions for Windows and Mac

    What is happening? Updated versions of the WatSAFE Desktop Notification tool, for both Windows and Mac, are now available. 

    What do users need to do?

    • If your machine is managed by IST, the new Windows client will be made available through SCCM.
    • If your machine is not managed, please see the appropriate IST knowledge base article for steps on downloading and installing the new client:
    • Moving forward, both the Windows and Mac clients will automatically update.
  3. Oct. 23, 2020Test of the University's emergency communication system - Oct 28

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

    When is this happening? Tuesday, October 28 at 11:00 a.m.                                             

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

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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: