Wilkes University


Stay Informed with the Wilkes Alert Emergency Notification System

Wilkes University is committed to informing the campus community of imminent threats to personal safety or other emergencies that may affect the safety and welfare of students, faculty and staff. We often use our mass notification text and email system, Wilkes Alert. 

To receive these critical messages, you must be registered on the Wilkes Alert Emergency Notification System.  Given the frequency of weather-related events, we strongly encourage you to both register and update your contact information on this system. 

Wilkes also purchased several outdoor sirens which can deliver a high-intensity warning signal throughout campus and the surrounding community. These sirens are in strategic locations throughout the campus community and are activated through our Communications Center in Public Safety. 

The outdoor notification sirens will be activated for a period of three minutes in the event of an imminent, life threatening emergency such as a tornado.  An emergency text alert will also be sent advising members of the campus community to take immediate cover and shelter in place. We will send updates during the event and an "all clear" notice when the threat has passed. It is imperative that you pay close attention to these instructions, take shelter indoors immediately and wait for additional information via text. Unless you have an emergency to report, we ask that you refrain from calling Public Safety while we monitor and manage the particular incident.

The campus and local community will be advised in advance of all Wilkes Alert and outdoor notification siren tests. Internal protocols have been developed to ensure system operability and testing compliance.

For additional information on the Wilkes Emergency Notification System, please visit the website or call our non-emergency extension 4377. 

The Department of Public Safety also offers a free safety app, Wilkes Shield, which can be downloaded from Google Play or the App Store. Wilkes Shield allows users to immediately report incidents on campus and send texts, photos, video and other critical information directly to our Communications Center.  Wilkes is one of the first universities in Pennsylvania to introduce the such a comprehensive safety app.