Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)

WEAs are emergency messages sent by local authorized government authorities through wireless carriers' networks. The alerts include a unique sound and vibration, are no more than 90 characters, and instruct specific actions individuals should take. Learn more at www.Ready.gov/alerts.

Stay Informed.

stayinformedThe George Washington University utilizes several different mediums to notify GW students, staff, faculty, and community members of emergency situations and safety-related information. The Office of Emergency Management partners with internal and external units, including External Relations and the Division of IT to provide several emergency communication systems. This page includes tools used by the university to notify the community, however, notifications can come from many other sources, including residence hall staff, the GW Police Department, university employees or District officials.

Managed by the Office of Emergency Management, Campus Advisories is the university's primary website used for communicating emergency preparedness and incident-related information to the GW community. Users can visit this site for changes in university status, adverse weather conditions, important issues concerning safety, and anything else that may disrupt normal operations.
The university notification system that sends emergency alerts to e-mail addresses, mobile devices (text messages), institutional IP desk and residence hall phones, social media and university web pages. Students, faculty, and staff are requested to maintain current contact information by logging into the GW Alert Portal using your GW NetID and password.
A blast email system that may be used separately or in conjunction with GW Alert, that provides notification and/or advice for incident preparation to the GW community.
Select GW Campus Advisories and GW Alerts are posted to the university's Twitter and Facebook accounts.
GW Information Line
A recorded information line, the 202-994-5050 line provides a brief message regarding the university's status and any pertinent information. The Virginia Science and Technology Campus (571-553-8333) and the Biostatistics Center (301-881-9260) have their own info lines as noted.
Media Outlets
GW may contact local media outlets with emergency information, such as weather-related delays and closings. You may choose to visit WTOP, NBC4, The Washington Post, or The Hatchet, among other local or campus media outlets.
Government Alert Systems
In addition to GW Alert, you may choose to sign up to receive alerts from your local jurisdiction.
  • CAPITALERT.gov is a clearinghouse for emergency alert systems in the National Capital Region including the District of Columbia's AlertDC.
  • Wireless Emergency Alerts may be issued by the National Weather Service (for severe weather alerts in your current location) or by the President of the United States. These alerts will be received on any WEA-capable devices.

Important Phone Numbers





202.994.GWEM (4936)