More than 15,000 have signed up for WMU Alert

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Photo of tornado damage damage on the downtown Kalamazoo Mall.

On May 13, 1980, an F3 tornado ripped through downtown Kalamazoo, killing five, injuring 79 and causing $50 million damage.

KALAMAZOO--More than 15,400 students, faculty and staff at Western Michigan University have registered with WMU Alert to receive tornado warnings and notifications of campus emergencies on their cell, office or home phone.

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WMU Alert registration in GoWMU

Only students and employees can register a phone number in the system and each person can register only one number.

  • WMU Alert caller ID is (269) 387-0911.
  • WMU Alert is voice activated—speak when you answer the phone.
  • WMU Alert does not leave voicemail or answering machine messages.

If you are not already registered in WMU Alert, or if you need to change your phone number in the system, login to GoWMU and click WMU Alert in the center of your home tab. Register the phone number you are most likely to answer.

WMU Alert is used for extreme campus emergencies. It is not used to announce weather closings or for any other announcements.

Weather closings are posted immediately on the WMU home page and available on the emergency information line at (269) 387-1001.

Contact Cam Vossen at with questions about WMU Alert.