Campus Emergencies

In the event of an emergency, this page will provide the most current information on the nature of the emergency and the university’s response to the situation. If you have questions, call 828-227-7327.

Emergency Phone Numbers

On-campus: dial 8911
Off-campus: dial 911
University Police: 828-227-7301

Flu Information

Emergency Preparedness

WCU has a range of strategies in place to promote a safe environment and respond to emergencies as part of the institution’s emergency preparedness efforts. Find out what you can do to prepare for and respond to an emergency on WCU’s emergency preparedness Web site.

Register to receive WCU emergency notifications

WCU Alerts is a system that allows students, faculty, staff and parents to receive a message in case of emergency. Messages can be sent to e-mail, cell phone or home phone. Sign up for WCU Alerts today!

Emergency Siren

A siren sound alert means that there is an emergency on campus, a potentially dangerous condition, or impending threat. You should check here or tune into the University radio station WWCU-FM (90.5 FM) and listen for information and/or instructions. Emergencies would be a person with a gun, flooding, a large building fire with toxic smoke or a chemical release into the air, a HAZMAT incident, or the approach of severe weather.

The sirens must be tested at regular intervals. The University tests the siren system at noon on the fourth Tuesday of each month.


When there is a threat of criminal violence or an emergency, it may be necessary for you to shelter-in-place, to enhance your safety by remaining in your facility. Follow these instructions when notified of an incident that requires you to shelter-in-place.

Weather-Related Announcements

Winter weather that causes hazardous driving conditions, and forecasts for such weather, can result in weather-related schedule changes being implemented at Western Carolina University. Check out the weather-related announcements web page for more information about weather conditions.