Overview and Purpose

Welcome to WPI Alert

WPI Alert sends emergency messages to your mobile or fixed device of choice so users get messages quickly wherever they are.



In any crisis or emergency, WPI's foremost concern is for the protection of human life, health, and welfare. Protection of property and of the integrity and reputation of WPI are also critical.

WPI has an Emergency Response Team (ERT) that responds promptly and effectively in the case of a natural disaster or other emergency occurring on or affecting the WPI campus and its community. The ERT is made up of senior administrators who work together to manage the crisis from beginning to end, making determinations about the scope and nature of the response as well as coordinating communications about the crisis to all internal and external constituencies.


The primary goals of the ERT are to:


WPI's Emergency Response Team is assembled whenever a natural disaster or other emergency threatens lives and/or property, or the continuation of business at the University.

Each incident has its own set of considerations that demand an appropriate and specific response. The ERT works with operating strategies outlined in the University's Emergency Preparedness Manual.

While managing a crisis, the ERT strives to disseminate information that is both accurate and timely to the internal community and to external constituencies, including local emergency personnel and the media.

After a reasonable interval following the crisis, the ERT holds a formal debriefing to assess the outcome and response to the event and makes recommendations, if necessary, to improve its response in the future.

Ongoing Training

To ensure WPI's crisis management protocol is thorough and each member of the team understands his/her role in an emergency situation, the ERT holds regular non-crisis meetings and engages in tabletop exercises for scenario planning.

Examples of Crises

A crisis response situation is a critical incident or situation which poses a serious threat to the health, safety, or welfare of the students, faculty, staff, or administration of WPI or involves serious damage to University facilities, property, or equipment.

Some crises are not of a catastrophic nature, such as a limited crisis (one that can be handled by a department, such as a plumbing failure), a controversial crisis (one that involves a hate crime or a sexual assault/crime), or a safety crisis (such as a rash of car break-ins, non-life-threatening health matters, criminal actions reported on or near campus). The internal community will be advised if necessary about such crises through e-mailed safety alerts and/or advisories.

While it is difficult to anticipate all possible emergency situations or types of crises, the following examples represent categories of crises that could necessitate the deployment of the Crisis Response team:

Timely and Accurate Communications

One member of the ERT serves as the primary communications resource to the internal community; another is designated as the official University spokesperson. Regular updates and information are disseminated both to the internal community and to the media, but only when that information is accurate.

The goals of effective crisis communications are to:

State of Emergency

  1. Should WPI be operating under a state of emergency, timely information and instructions will be sent utilizing WPI Alert.


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Last modified: December 20, 2012 14:31:53