Starting January 23, 2020, the UW–Madison Police Department (UWPD) will send information about most emergencies in multiple languages, so all of our community members know when there is a campus emergency and how to stay safe. While some large cities already send emergency information in several languages, it’s our understanding that UW-Madison will be the first college campus in the country to do this.
When we have emergencies on the UW–Madison campus, UWPD sends WiscAlerts (emergency alert messages) to the campus community if the emergency is currently happening and people can do something to protect themselves.
We will now send two WiscAlerts in most cases. The first WiscAlert will give general information about the emergency and safety advice in English. The second WiscAlert will have a link to a message translated into five different languages to reach more nonnative English speakers in our community. The translated messages give general safety information with instructions to ask a trusted person for more details about the emergency. Click here for an example of a translated WiscAlert.
On Friday, January 31 at 1:00 p.m., UWPD will conduct a campus-wide test of our WiscAlert system, which will include a follow-up translated message.
For more information about WiscAlerts and how to sign up, click here.