Telephone Alert Testing in West Hall, Wednesday, March 22, 3-5 p.m.

March 21, 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 Wednesday, March 22, 2017 between 3-5 p.m. in West Hall (both retail and residential components of the building) at the Mount Vernon Campus.

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 West Hall during the testing.

In the event of an emergency, or for a change in the university‚Äôs 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.