Emergency Information

Call 911 for all medical emergencies requiring hospitalization or to report criminal activity anywhere in the United States.

Western Michigan University Department of Public Safety 

WMU closure due to weather or emergency

There are three ways to find out if WMU is closed due to severe weather or some other emergency condition. The following applies only to closings of the entire University:

  1. Visit www.wmich.edu. Campus closings are posted immediately—no buildings or services open. In most cases, all public events planned for that day are also cancelled. Visit WMU News for more information: www.wmich.edu/news.
  2. Call the University emergency hotline: (269) 387-1001
  3. WMU closings are broadcast and published on local media stations, channels, and websites.

Local Services Emergency Numbers

YWCA Domestic and Sexual Assault Program and 24-hour crisis line: (269) 385-3587

Bronson Hospital Trauma and Emergency Care: (269) 341-6386

Borgess Hospital Emergency and Trauma Center: (269) 226-4815


Tornadoes sometimes occur in Michigan, typically during severe thunderstorms in early spring and summer. Notices about tornado activity are issued by area radio and television stations and weather websites.

Tornado watch—Watches are issued whenever conditions are favorable for severe weather to develop. Watches give you time to plan and prepare.

Tornado warning—Warnings are issued whenever tornados have been sighted or conditions are very favorable; seek shelter immediately.

Visit The Weather Channel to learn more about preparing for tornadoes and other severe weather.