The university will conduct a test of its emergency siren and mass notification systems on Wednesday, June 15 at 12:15 p.m. We use these systems in cases of a campus-wide emergency, a natural disaster, or for inclement weather closings.

William & Mary’s emergency communications are sent through RAVE. This emergency notification system allows the university to send automated messages and provides the flexibility to communicate via email, text (“TribeAlerts”) and, for the most urgent situations, through the emergency sirens on campus and Alertus on your computer. The June 15 drill will include tests of both the campus-wide siren system and the mass notification messaging system. 

As a reminder, the various communications channels will not reach each individual simultaneously. The system uses these multiple channels to create redundancy with the aim of ensuring that each individual is reached through at least one channel. 

The university’s mass notification system is linked with the social media sites of W&M News. Therefore, in addition to campus email, text, and cell phone, you can also receive emergency messages by following the W&M News Facebook and W&M News Twitter pages as well as the free W&M mobile app.

All members of the William & Mary community should annually review the information they have submitted for emergency notifications in Banner. To ensure that you receive these alert messages, your personal mobile number should be the first number listed in Banner.

Deborah Cheesebro, EMT co-chair

Ginger Ambler, EMT co-chair