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Primary emergency communications systems are the most efficient way to deliver an emergency message to the largest portion of the community in the shortest amount of time.

Rave Alerts

Rave alerts are minimal, rapid notifications sent to the cell or home telephones of faculty, staff and students. In addition to sending texts, this alert system will also deliver voice mesages.

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. CWRU Community members are encouraged to update their contact information periodically at

Social Media

As more and more members of the campus community turn to social media for information, the university has begun incorporating Facebook into its emergency planning. Please turn to the university's official page to get timely, critical updates. "Like" us to get connected.

VoIP InformaCast

The Informacast System is an internal public address (PA) system via the university’s VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone network. This InformaCast system also supports voice mail messages and written alerts that appear on VoIP telephone screens.

Talk-a-Phone Outdoor Public Address System

Case Western Reserve also supports a network of 17 outdoor public address loud speakers throughout campus. During an emergency, this Talk-a-Phone system will broadcast CaseWARN notifications and additional information as appropriate.

Campus-wide email

The university community will receive email messages during emergency and non-emergency incidents. In addition, campus-wide email is used for notifications of campus closures regardless of the nature of the incident(s).

Internet outreach

During a crisis, the photo banner on the university’s current homepage will be replaced with a clearly visible, red section containing the content of emergency alerts and any details deemed appropriate.

page banners

Case Western Reserve also offers a web-based push system—a means to communicate through the Internet without asking users to take special action. This relatively new communication system automatically posts a banner across the top of all pages on the server. The banner usually will feature emergency alert messages.

Pre-recorded analog phone line

Because many vehicles in the emergency communication network rely on computer and network access, the university also supports an analog phone line that plays a pre-recorded message. Call 1-216-368-WARN (9276) whether on or off campus for information during an emergency or on potential campus closures, most often due to inclement weather.

Radio and television broadcasts

Several local radio and television stations operate automatic, web- or phone-based systems through which the university can broadcast messages during an emergency. These automatic systems provide a crawling message across the bottom of the broadcast screen and are mainly utilized during campus closures, most often due to inclement weather.

In addition, television and radio news broadcasts may include information about emergencies on campus, but these stories may not always be truthful or up to date. Case Western Reserve's top communication priority during a crisis is to ensure its students, faculty, staff and other constitutents hear directly from the university with the most timely, accurate information possible. Messages received directly from the university through the previously mentioned communication tools likely will be the most reliable.