(EAS) Emergency Alert System

The Emergency Alert System is a federal program http://transition.fcc.gov/pshs/services/eas/ that allows for the public safety community to easily alert the public through radio, television and other modes of alerting. The University subscribes and participates in this system.

The University has integrated video from this system into the campus television distribution system and the University Digital Signs. Audio is also distributed to those sources as well as campus wide through the centralized fire alarm public address system.

Monitored Source

Expected Type of Messages*

Test Procedures

NOAA National Weather Service

Thunderstorm Warnings and Tornado Warnings are relayed.

First Wednesday of the month at 8:50AM or 11:50PM, rotated with other Public Safety agencies, see http://wpr.net/eas/link for schedule.

Wisconsin Emergency Management
Department of Homeland Security
(IPAWS) Integrated Public Alert Warning System

Civil Emergency Message (CEM)
Civil Danger Warning (CDW)
Administrative Messages (ADM)
Local Area Emergency (LAE)
Hazardous Materials Warning (HMW)
Fire Warning (FRW)
911 Telephone Emergency (TOE)
Nuclear Plant Warning (NUW)
Radiological Hazard Warning (RHW)
Shelter in Place Warning (SPW)

First Wednesday of the month at 8:50AM or 11:50PM, rotated with other Public Safety agencies, see http://wpr.net/eas/link for schedule.

UW-River Falls Police Department
UW-River Falls Emergency Management Team

Civil Emergency Message (CEM) - University Police Officers are able to send audio messages from a remote location and provide messages as an incident warrants from the field.
Custom Messaging - the Emergency Management Team is able to create custom messages that can be conveyed on the University Center Digital Signs, Campus Television System and via the audio of the centralized fire alarm public address system.

Weekly on Monday afternoon's at 2:55PM, with the exception of the first week of the month when the monthly tests above are conducted.

City of River Falls Police

Civil Defense Siren System - when the sirens are activated a pre-recorded message inline media player will play to notify you to take shelter according to your building's emergency plan.

The City conducts their test according to the schedule published at http://www.rfcity.org/index.aspx?nid=352link which is once per month March through September each year.

* Explanation of these types of messages are available at http://emergencymanagement.wi.gov/eoc/nwem.asplink