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Test of the campus emergency communication system - October 22

Monday, October 15, 2018

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

When is this happening? Monday, October 22 between 10:30 and 11:30 a.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
  • Skype for Business Instant Messages
  • 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 30 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 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.