Update on GB Alerts issued tonight

An update on the GB Alerts issued earlier this evening—out of an abundance of caution—follows. No threats were made to any person at any time.


On Tuesday, October 6 at around 6:45 p.m. University Police received a call reporting a confrontation involving a male with a gun on an Arboretum Trail in an area known as the Niagara Escarpment. This is the wooded area East of East Circle Drive. The unknown male subject confronted two individuals about walking their dog within the arboretum, which is prohibited. During this interaction, the male produced a handgun before leaving the area. The male subject did NOT threaten the individuals or point the handgun at them, and produced it after the dog growled at him. At this time, it is possible this was a defensive reaction.

The armed subject is described as a white male in his 50s, with slightly longer hair, and of average size, wearing a grey sweater and jeans. If you have seen or know who this individual is, please contact University Police at 920-465-2300 ext 2.

Note: Web Alert testing Friday afternoon

The UW-Green Bay Web Development and Marketing and University Communication teams are planning to conduct a test of the web alert messages on the website at 3:30 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. The test, planned for a low-traffic time, should only take a few moments. The alert will appear above the navigation at the top of all pages within the main UW-Green Bay web template.

The web alerts are designed to supplement emergency communications, directing people to the official emergency site found at emergency.uwgb.edu. Other emergency communication channels include GB Alert and NetNotify systems as well as campus-wide email and notices posted on the institutional flagship social media accounts.

GB Alert cell phone notifications

Did you get the storm warning messages? If not, sign-up for GB Alert

The severe weather over the weekend is a good reminder for members of the University community to ensure they are signed up for GB Alert. Users subscribed to Green Bay or Manitowoc campus alerts would have received Tornado Warning messages. If you did not receive these alerts and are members of these campus communities, you may want to sign up/edit your account.

As of July 1, 2019, the branch campuses (Manitowoc, Marinette and Sheboygan) no longer utilize Rave to send emergency notifications (including cancelled classes, drill information and safety communication during credible, on-going threats). If you had been a Rave subscriber and have not signed up for GB Alert, you will need to do so. This does not occur automatically.

Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campus staff, faculty and students, follow sign-up instructions. You will sign in with your UW-Green Bay single sign-on credentials. You must indicate at least one list.

Green Bay campus staff, faculty and students may edit or view their GB Alert account by logging in.

See GB Alert FAQ. You may direct further questions to PublicSafety@uwgb.edu or call 920-465-2300 ext. 2.


Branch campuses transition from Rave to GB Alert

As of July 1, 2019, the branch campuses will no longer receive emergency notification from Rave, the emergency notification system of the former UW Colleges. If you had been a Rave subscriber (faculty, staff and students) at UW-Green Bay campuses at Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan, you need to sign-up for GB Alert to ensure you continue to receive emergency notifications, including cancelled classes, drill information and safety communication during credible, on-going threats. You will not automatically be signed up. Rave alerts will continue to be sent through July 1, 2019.

If you are already a GB Alert subscriber that spends time at other campuses, you may sign-up for additional lists to receive emergency notification customized to you.

Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campus staff, faculty and students, follow sign-up instructions. You will sign in with your UW-Green Bay single sign-on credentials. You must indicate at least one list.

Green Bay campus staff, faculty and students, you may edit or view your GB Alert account by logging in.

For more information, please see your UW-Green Bay email inbox. Questions may also be directed to publicsafety@uwgb.edu.


Fire drills to take place this Wednesday (Sept. 26, 2018)

Fire drills will be conducted on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. If weather prevents the accomplishment of the drill, the backup date is Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. The separate fire drills at will be performed at different times during the day in the Weidner Center, Kress Center, Facilities and the Community Center. All the academic buildings (to include the University Union) will be tested simultaneously. During the academic buildings fire drill we will also test our campus emergency notification systems to include GB Alert, NetNotify and the campus public address system. We will be using GB alert to notify you when it is OK to return to the academic buildings. Sign up for GB alert.

When the fire alarm sounds:

 1.   Immediately evacuate the building using the nearest available exit.  DO NOT USE ELEVATORS. Close doors and windows as your leave. Take your keys.
2.   If an exit is blocked during an actual emergency, use another exit. (To improve your emergency preparedness pre-plan alternate escape routes during your daily campus travels.)
3.   Evacuate to a distance of at least 100 feet from the building, so as not to interfere with responding emergency vehicles.
4.   Mobility impaired or people unable to exit using the stairs should enter an enclosed stairwell and close the door.
5.   If you are teaching a class at the time the fire alarm sounds, instruct students to evacuate the building to a minimum distance of 100 feet using the nearest fire exit. Recommend students bring personal belongings with them. Ensure all students in your class have evacuated classroom before exiting building.
6.   Do not re-enter the building, until an all clear announcement has been made. Cessation of the fire alarm does not indicate an “All Clear.”

GB ALERT – To signal the all clear, Public Safety will use GB Alert to let you know when it is ok to go back into the buildings.

Any questions or concerns please contact Officer David Jones, Emergency Management, ext. 2993 or jonesd@uwgb.edu.

Reminder: Tuesday is fire drill day

UW-Green Bay will be conducting fire drills on Tuesday (Sept. 30), with a rain date of Wednesday the first. Separate fire drills will take place for the Weidner Center, Kress Center, Facilities Management and the University Union. All the academic buildings will be tested simultaneously along with campus emergency notification systems including GB Alert, NetNotify and the campus public address system. (If you have not signed up for GB Alert, you are encouraged to do so at www.uwgb.edu/publicsafety/GBAlert/index.html).

Public Safety addresses GB Alert questions

UW-Green Bay officials are working with private service providers to correct a problem that arose during Thursday’s tornado warning exercise and affected communication with about 700 (less than one-fifth) of the subscribers to the GB Alert system.

The issue became apparent shortly after the UW-Green Bay Office of Public Safety joined in the statewide readiness drill at 1:45 p.m. Emails to all faculty, staff and student accounts went out promptly, directing drill participants to seek shelter away from glass on the lowest levels of their buildings or in interior locations. At the same time, Public Safety also activated a test of the GB Alert messaging system, which in the event of campus emergency sends text or email alerts to those students, faculty and staff who have voluntarily subscribed. While many GB Alert subscribers received their test alert instantaneously, as designed, cell phone users with Cellcom service did not. UW-Green Bay Chief of Police Tom Kujawa says a technical issue involving the University’s third-party message relay vendor and the Cellcom system appears to be the culprit. Along with delaying messages to some subscribers, the system-to-system hiccup led to a send/re-send loop that delivered the same message multiple times to some users before the system could be reset. The third party vendor, Public Safety and Cellcom worked together through late evening until the repeated message issue was resolved. Kujawa says the vendors now believe they have diagnosed and corrected the problem, which had not occurred during previous GB Alert tests. (A follow-up test to confirm the fix could take place as early as today.)

In the meantime, subscribers who experienced problems with their text alerts Thursday are reminded that the University will always use overlapping and multiple channels — including emails, web notifications, screen alerts on network computers, local news media and public address announcements — as part of its overall emergency notification plan. Kujawa also extends thanks to those users who reported the problem and were patient in awaiting a resolution.

Repeated for the record: Text alert story; how to sign up for ours

Police Service Associate Joe Rozum and our campus GB Alert system were featured in a Monday (April 29) story that ran in the Green Bay Press-Gazette. As we mentioned here yesterday, the report, from the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, looks at the percentage of students, faculty and staff who have signed up to receive emergency text messages at various UW System campuses around the state. Two of the schools — Platteville and Stevens Point — use automatic enrollment for their text alert system, and are among the three campuses with participation rates above 50 percent. Here, the rate is about 33 percent — something Rozum and others say they’d like to improve. You can read more about the system and its importance in the full WCIJ story, or the shorter Press-Gazette version, by clicking the links below:

Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Green Bay Press-Gazette

Signing up for GB Alert, by the by, is quick and easy. Here’s how: www.uwgb.edu/publicsafety/gbalert

In the news: our recent snowstorm and the use of GB Alert

Student journalist Michael Duenkel did a nice job for the Fourth Estatee in offering a comprehensive overview of the safety factors that figure into cancelling classes. He also looks at the ways the University communicates this news, including (and here’s another plug for an important service) the GB Alert text-messaging system. Read more.

Fire drill Tuesday — and don’t forget GB Alert! 

Already distributed to campus but repeated here for the record: Public Safety will be conducting a campuswide fire drill Tuesday, Sept. 18, with a rain date of Wednesday, Sept. 19. Campus Police remind you to evacuate immediately when the alarm sounds, moving at least 100 feet from the building once you are outside. Do not take elevators and make sure you wait until the all-clear announcement before you re-enter the building. The GB Alert Emergency Notification System will be used to signal the all-clear. If you haven’t signed up for GB Alert, now is the perfect time — simply go to www.uwgb.edu/publicsafety/GBAlert/index.html and fill out the form.