stay informed

The Office of Emergency Management at Case Western Reserve University works with the university's marketing and communications and information technology teams to provide timely notifications to students, faculty, staff and other constituents in case of a campus emergency.

To alert the university community to threats to life and safety in a timely and efficient manner, Case Western Reserve employs a layered system of communications tools. These networks utilize several systems to send multiple messages to numerous stakeholders as rapidly as possible during a campus emergency.

Emergency communications

The university’s emergency communications network for imminent threats to the campus community consists of the following vehicles:

  • Rave Alert text and voice alerts
  • Social media, including the university's Facebook page
  • Indoor VoIP InformaCast phones
  • Outdoor Talk-a-Phone loud speakers
  • Campus-wide email
  • homepage
  • webpage
  • Web server page banners
  • Pre-recorded analog telephone message line
  • Television and radio broadcasts

In addition to these university-sponsored communications vehicles, Case Western Reserve first-responders may receive crisis messages through the county and local emergency broadcast system (EBS), which campus police and security would forward as needed to appropriate audiences using appropriate vehicles in the emergency communication network.

Non-emergency communications

Case Western Reserve also operates a non-emergency communications network that allows for wide-scale distribution of police- and security-related messages that must be sent promptly but not necessarily as swiftly as during an imminent threat to the campus community.

This non-emergency communications network includes:

  • Security alerts
  • Safety advisories
  • Traffic advisories
  • The Daily university-wide weekday email newsletter
  • Police and security services website

Campus access to communications networks

The Rave Alert text and voice emergency notification capability is primarily used as a mobile device delivery system. Therefore it is an opt-out system. All personnel that would be expected to be on campus, including but not limited to students, employees, Case temporary employees and contractors, hospital (UH, MetroHealth) and UCI affiliates (CIA, CIM) and the Board of Trustees will be automatically added to the Rave system if you have provided a cell number to the University.

Faculty, staff and students are automatically provided access to the other emergency and non-emergency communications systems such as e-mail, outdoor sirens, websites and other media.

All communication systems meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility standards.

Public safety communications center

Case Western Reserve also operates its own campus Public Safety Communications Center. The center not only takes calls from the university community and dispatches first-responders as needed but also proactively alerts faculty, staff and students to emergency situations and handles most non-emergency communications.