News archive - 2020

Friday, October 23, 2020

Test 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:

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Test 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

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, or ext. 44357. 

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