WSU Tri-Cities

Campus Alerts

Crisis Communication System

The WSU Crisis Communication System

Washington State University has added the Crisis Communication System (CCS) as an additional tool to reach out to the university community with warning and notification of developing or impending emeregency situations. This system is provided under contract with the 3n (National Notification Network) Corporation. 3n is one of the largest notification networks in the country and besides WSU, is being used at Virginia Tech, the University of Alaska and many other colleges and universities across the country to provide for their warning and notification needs. The system is hosted off-site at multiple redundant locations which will help guarantee notification capabilities being maintained even if problems develop with information systems here on campus. The CCS is a statewide solution to emergency warning and notification and will be available for each of the regional campuses and to research, Extension and other offices around the state that are a part of WSU in its role as the state's land-grant institution. More information on 3n can be found at their website:

Features of the CCS

The CCS will reach out to members of the WSU community via landline and cell phones using voice and text messaging as well as to computers and PDA units via email and instant messaging. The system also has the capability of connecting with pagers and faxes. WSU email and landline phones are not automatically included into the system and will require registration. Communications devices such as personal cell phones, personal landline phones and personal (non-WSU) email addresses will also require registration to be contacted with emergency warnings and notifications.

Registration for Personal Communications Devices

Inclusion of your WSU landline phone, WSU email, personal cell phone number, personal land line phone number and your non-WSU email address in the WSU ALERT Crisis Communication System is voluntary. If you do not register these devices with the system, you will not receive any warning or notifications provided by the system. Currently you can register by connecting to the zzusis portal. Click on myWSU at the top of this page to connect. Under the Main Menu selection options, find the section for Emergency Notification under My Profile and click Register to go to the page where you can enter your personal information. Be sure to read the TERMS OF SERVICE section in this web site prior to registration. If your cell phone service charges fees for text messages, you will be responsible for those charges. WSU will send approximately 12 messages a year to test the system. The WSU ALERT CCS is offered on a best effort basis. WSU offers no guarantee that it will be able to send voice or text messages during every crisis or emergency or that such messages will be received on your wireless or landline devices.

To Report an Emergency, Dial 911

NOTE: When dialing 911 from a WSU Pullman campus number, there will be a 7 second delay in connecting. WAIT! DO NOT HANG UP!