Telephone Alert Testing in District House, Friday, March 17, 3-5 p.m.

March 16, 2017

GW Health & Emergency Management Services (HEMS) and the Division of Information Technology (DIT) will be conducting a test of the university's telephone system (speaker and screen) and Talk-A-Phones (wall mounted telephones in residence halls).

Testing will take place on Friday, March 17, 2017 between 3-5 p.m. in District House (both retail and residential components of the building).

An alert tone and message may be heard from university telephones and Talk-A-Phones during this time.

This is a TEST. No action is necessary.

HEMS and DIT staff will be in District House during the testing.

In the event of an emergency, or for a change in the university’s operating status, updates and information will be posted to Campus Advisories. Information also will be communicated via:

  • Text and email alerts through GW Alerts*
  • Social media via Twitter (@GWTweets) and Facebook
  • GW's homepage (
  • GW Mobile App
  • GW Information Line (202-994-5050), Virginia Science and Technology Campus Information Line (571-553-8333), and School of Medicine and Health Sciences Information Line (202-994-2196)

*To sign up for and customize your GW Alert settings, visit  the portal and log in using your NetID and password. Register your cell phone numbers and e-mail addresses in order to receive alerts on multiple devices. Visit for more information.

For preparedness tips and safety information, refer to the GW Emergency Response Handbook and the Designated and Essential Employee brochure.