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Emergency and Weather-Related Communications


WKU employs a variety of methods to communicate with our internal and external community during an emergency, weather-related event or any time events may cause disruptions in the normal campus routine. These include:

  • Emergency text alerts - sign up to receive text alerts
  • Telephone alert recording: 270-936-0000
  • Outdoor warning system (voice alerts and sirens)
  • Building warning systems (voice alerts and sirens)
  • Mass emails to students, faculty and staff
  • WKU News
  • Messages posted to the WKU website
  • Messages posted to WKU Facebook and on Twitter @wkunews and @wku.
  • Digital signage boards on campus
  • Override of the campus cable television system
  • Local news media

Note: All official communication will originate directly from WKU News or the WKU Police Department.  We encourage students to be cautious with where they obtain their information during emergency situations, especially via social media.

Emergency Preparedness at WKU

At WKU, the safety and security of our students, faculty and staff is extremely important to us. We have created the WKU Emergency Preparedness Website as a place where students, faculty, staff and the community can visit to find resources related to campus safety, security, emergency preparedness and more. 

Winter Weather Communications

WKU provides a number of ways you can find out if classes are delayed, canceled or if a campus is closed. 

Weather closings/cancellations will be announced from WKU News via text alerts, campuswide emails, a recorded phone message and on the WKU website and social media -- WKU homepage, WKU News page, WKU Facebook, @wkunews and @wku. 

Students, faculty and staff should keep safety in mind when making travel decisions and the university will work with students who can’t come to campus for weather-related reasons.

More: 2018-19 winter weather communications plan

Severe Weather Alerts

In the event of severe storm warnings for Warren County, tune to local weather reports on TV, radio or online, follow @wkunews or @wkuweather on Twitter, or the National Weather Service’s Louisville forecast office or @NWSLouisville. Additional sources of weather information and data include White Squirrel Weather, Kentucky Climate Center, Kentucky Mesonet, Meteorology Program, Meteorology Blog, College Heights Atmospheric Observatory for Students (CHAOS) on Twitter,  White Squirrel Weather on Twitter and @WxOrNotBG.

If a tornado warning is issued for Warren County, the WKU Police Department will activate WKU’s outdoor warning system and send an emergency text message to students, faculty and staff who have signed up for WKU’s emergency text alert system. To sign up or verify you are enrolled with the proper cell phone number, log into your WKU TopNet account.

Changes in Transportation Services & Events

Campus Transportation Services

For changes in campus transportation services, you can also monitor NextBus. To access NextBus:

Changes in Campus Events

Weather could impact events and activities on campus. Check with event organizers for the latest information.

More: WKU social media directory.



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 Last Modified 11/15/18