GWU ALERT is Gardner-Webb University's emergency notification system. If there is a condition which threatens the health and safety of persons on campus, university officials will warn the campus community using one or more of the following methods:
- www.gardner-webb.edu Home Page
- alerts.gwu.edu Alerts Page
- Outdoor Sirens
- Computer Network Pop-Up Windows
- Text Messages
- Blue-Light Safety Phones
- Campus Watch Hotline 704-406-3647
- 88.3 WGWG radio station
- Reverse-Dialing (Global connect)
- 2-way Radios
- Webb-Net - Information Channel
- Vehicle Public Address Speakers
www.gardner-webb.edu Home Page: During an emergency at Gardner-Webb University, the main university Web Site www.gardner-webb.edu, will include prominent links to the Alerts Page.
- Red GWU ALERT box.
- Complete override of the Front Page. alerts.gardner-webb.edu
Alerts Page: Everything points here. This is the official source for the most up to date emergency information and announcements. Within minutes, emergency and administration officials will post details regarding the emergency, protective action recommendations, and official announcements regarding cancellations, closures, etc. This page is available 24/7/365 with the latest information about any potential threats, and links to preparedness information.
Outdoor Warning Sirens: GWU has an outdoor warning siren that covers the Main Campus in Boiling Springs. Click HERE to read more about our siren system.
Text Messages: By registering your cell phone number with the university you will receive emergency text messages alerting you to a current or imminent threat. GWU encourages you to select a unique ringtone on your cell phone for emergency text messages.
- GWU Students, Faculty and Staff with access to WebbConnect, you can opt-in to receive ET’s.
E-mail: GWU can alert students, faculty, and staff of emergency conditions by sending an e-mail to your official gardner-webb.edu e-mail address. 704-406-3647 Campus Watch Hotline: Official emergency information may also be accessed by calling (704) 406-3647. Please keep in mind that this recording may take several minutes to update.
Global-Connect: Commonly referred to as "Reverse-911," the University has the capability to call telephones with a recorded message. Computer Network Pop-Up Windows (Bradford box): Technology Enhanced Classrooms and student computer labs and a large majority of computers on campus can be targeted with emergency information pop-up windows on the screens of computers. This feature will soon expand to include all computers on campus as well.
Facebook: GWU SAFE also has a presence on the popular social networking website, Facebook. This will provide the over 2600 Facebook users in the GWU network the opportunity to receive official emergency information. Click HERE to go to the GWU SAFE page on Facebook, and "become a friend" in order to receive notices.
Myspace: GWU ALERT also has a presence on the popular social networking website, Myspace. Click HERE to go to the GWU ALERT Myspace profile and "add as a friend".
2-Way Radios/Nextel: Employees on campus who utilize two-way radios for routine business (for example, Police, Facilities, Housing) will also receive alerts and warnings via their radios from their home office.
Variable Message Boards: These are the boards you are used to seeing along the roadside, which alert you to construction ahead. GWU has access to these boards which can be deployed toward campus entrances to notify inbound drivers of any emergency conditions, such as road closures, which may exist.
Electronic Card-swipe Door Access: The doors on campus which are electronically controlled with the university's access control system can be locked or unlocked with a push of the button by university officials when deemed necessary. For example, during a Tornado Warning, exterior building doors may be automatically unlocked to allow people to seek shelter inside. Likewise, these doors can be simultaneously locked.
Television: Depending on the nature and severity of the emergency, local television news stations may carry live breaking news or periodic updates regarding an emergency on campus. Their websites may also carry live streaming video, video clips, or text updates.
Radio: Depending on the nature and severity of the emergency, local radio news stations may carry live breaking news or periodic updates regarding an emergency on campus. Their websites may also carry live streaming audio, audio clips, or text updates.
- 88.3 WGWG Radio
Vehicle Public Address Systems: In cases where an isolated or targeted message may be required, university vehicles equipped with public address speakers (i.e. GWU Police) may be utilized.
Network Login Pages: Two Web sites that most every student, faculty, or staff members visit on a regular basis are BlackBoard. Emergency information may be posted on the login screens for these Web Sites.
Media Release / Press Conference: As soon as practical, University Officials will brief the media on any emergency situation. While your favorite local news sources are important, official university notification methods such as the Web Site should be your primary source.