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Emergency Notification System (ENS)

Campus safety is a vital concern at Central Washington University. CWU has established an Emergency Notification System (ENS) which provides multiple notice methods to alert individuals about situations that may pose a substantial threat to our community. The current components of the CWU ENS include website and desktop alerts, email alert updates, voice mail notification, text messaging, and public address systems (PA's) in police vehicles and designated buildings. In addition, CWU also has Emergency Blue Light phones located throughout campus and information available to the community regarding personal responses instructions should an emergency occur.

In an effort to consistently improve the CWU ENS and better disseminate alerts, an emergency siren system and reader board display is being researched and possibly implemented in 2009.

Components that make up the CWU ENS:

CWU ALERT!: CWU Alert! is an internal first-response system, and is intended to notify the students, faculty and staff of CWU. In the event of a safety related incident or hazard at CWU, the CWU Alert! System may be used to notify students, faculty and staff of the occurring situation. Personnel on this system can be notified via email, phone call (land-line, cellular), and/or text message. All students, faculty and staff are automatically enrolled in this system. This system is not open to members of the public.

DESKTOP ALERT!: Desktop Alert! is an internal first-response system. It is intended to notify the students, faculty and staff of CWU by broadcasting an emergency message to all desktop computers that are "on" and are connected to the CWU local area network. All CWU owned computers will automatically be part of this system. Computers owned by students connected to the University's Residential Network (ResNet) must opt-in to this system.

ALERT UPDATE SYSTEM: The Alert Email System is intended as a "post incident" notification system. Subscribers to this ListServ will be updated following a safety related incident or hazard at CWU. This subscription system is open to anyone (parents, members of the community, students, faculty, staff, media, etc.). This is NOT considered a first response system, and no messages will be sent to this system while a safety related emergency is occurring.