Emergency Messaging

Communicating during  emergency event at VIU is extremely important so our employees, students and visitors know what is happening and what to do to stay safe.

Emergency information is disseminated through the VIU mass notification system which consists of various communication platforms. Information is also always posted on the VIU home page using the emergency banner as well as through the VIU social media channels and through employee email.

The following communication tools are also used at VIU to improve communication.

Fire Alarm – Announcement system 

The VIU Nanaimo campus has a system in place that allows pre-recorded and live messages to be broadcast in individual, multiple or all buildings simultaneously. Listen carefully to the message and follow any directions given.

VIU Safety AppVIU Safety App

One of the easiest ways to find out what’s happening on campus during an emergency or snow closure is through VIU’s Safety App.   Download the app, be sure to enable push notifications, and if anything is happening on campus relating to safety, health or emergencies that you need to know about, you will get an automatic notification.

  1. Download from the iTunes store for iPhones.
  2. Download from Google play for Android devices.
  3. Download from BlackBerry World for Blackberry phones.

Troubleshooting iOS and Android Push Notifications in the VIU Safety App

How to Disable Android App Hibernation


Is a software that VIU uses that will send a message to any computer that is hooked up to the VIU network. In the event of an emergency, a message will appear on the computer screen that must be acknowledged to dismiss it. Messages can be sent out to specific computers and buildings if needed. See VIU Alertus instructions for laptop users.