UW–Madison’s Emergency Alert System
WiscAlerts is the name for UW–Madison’s emergency notification system. The system is designed to provide information about an active emergency situation on campus that requires the community to take immediate action in order to stay safe. Want to learn more about Off-Campus Emergency Alerts? Click here.
The philosophy behind WiscAlerts is to send a consistent set of messages across all platforms in an effort to reach as many members of the campus community as possible, in as short an amount of time as possible.
Depending on the exact nature of the situation, the system may utilize one or many of the components described below:
- Text messaging: UWPD will text subscribers in order to reach mobile users who may be away from their computers or offices. This is an opt-in service. Students, faculty, and staff who have not yet enrolled in WiscAlerts text messaging can do so by logging into the My UW Portal and looking for the WiscAlerts logo. Registration is simple and takes just a few moments.
- E-mail: WiscMail users may receive a mass e-mail warning message.
- Phone: Campus landline phone users are configured to receive a call with a recorded message providing information.
(Note: campus landline phone and email notifications do not require registration.)
In most cases, more information will immediately be provided at www.wisc.edu.
WiscAlert Text Messaging
Anyone can sign up to receive text messages in the event of an emergency. Signing up is simple and takes just a few moments.
- UW–Madison students, faculty, and staff: enroll online here. The WiscAlert system allows each UW-Madison user to add two cell phone numbers in the system — any secondary phone number can be added (for a parent, spouse, etc.).
- Community members/parents: to enroll via text, just text UWALERT to 77295. This will enroll you for six months, and the system will text to remind you about it when that six-month period has expired.
The service is free, but you will be responsible for any SMS charges from your cellular provider. Once you have registered your 10-digit mobile phone number, you will receive a confirmation text message indicating you have successfully subscribed. If you do not receive a confirmation text message, double-check to ensure you have submitted a number that receives text messages.
All WiscAlerts messages will arrive from the shortcode number 67283 or 226787, and will start with “WiscAlert.” It is recommended that you store this number to your cell phone and label it WiscAlerts.
Keep in mind that the service is offered on a best-effort basis. Cellular technology is still evolving, and there are many factors that could prevent a message from reaching your phone.