EMT sent the following notification to the campus community Sept. 18, 2023 – Ed.

Dear William & Mary community,

The university will conduct a test of its emergency siren and mass notification system on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 12:15 p.m. These systems are used in cases of campus-wide emergencies, natural disasters, or for inclement weather closings, and are sent via RAVE.

RAVE allows the university to send messages in instances of a campus-wide emergency, a natural disaster, or inclement weather. If you have not yet enrolled in the system, you may do so through this contact form in Banner. 

Currently, the siren system consists of three 120-decibel sirens stationed above the Integrated Science Center, William & Mary Law School on South Henry Street and the School of Education building off Monticello Avenue. Any time you hear the emergency sirens outside of a test you should check immediately for information and instructions at www.wm.edu 

More to Know

  • RAVE. W&M’s emergency notification system allows the university to send automated messages and provides the flexibility to communicate via email, text (“TribeAlerts”), the W&M Mobile app and, for the most urgent situations, through the emergency sirens and Alertus on your computer.
    • As a reminder, the various communications channels will not reach everyone simultaneously. The system uses these multiple channels to create redundancy with the aim of ensuring that each member of the community is reached through at least one channel. 
  • New Sirens. Later this fall, the university will be completing integration of nine new sirens into its mass notification system. Each of these sirens features a 400-watt speaker and will include a PA function.
  • Resources.
  • Ways to Stay Connected. You may also follow emergency news through the William & Mary News Facebook and “X” (formerly known as Twitter) pages as well as the free W&M mobile app
  • In the event of an emergency on campus, use 911 or the mobile, “Blue Light in your pocket” functionality currently provided through the Rave Guardian 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


Ginger Ambler, EMT co-chair

Don Butler, Interim EMT co-chair

William & Mary