Today at the University
Sun., April 20, 2014 moon 63º F (17º C)
Operating Schedule: Normal
The University is operating on a regular work schedule.
Patient care services are being provided as usual.
Check out the Emergency and Critical Incident Web site in the event of an emergency.
Updates will also be available by calling (434) 924-7669 or (434) 243-7669.
U.Va. Siren System is Back Online
August 29, 2013
The university's siren system is back online after repairs. A test of all emergency alert systems will commence on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.
Register for Community Emergency Alert
June 4, 2013
Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Emergency Communications Center has updated their mass notification system with a new tool to reach community members in an emergency. Citizens can now register with the Community Emergency Alert system to receive recorded phone messages, text messages or e-mail messages in case of emergency. The system is also TTY/TDD compatible.
The Community Emergency Alert system will be used by the Emergency Communications Center to notify residents and businesses of critical situations and provide information regarding necessary actions. Events that may generate a message from the Community Emergency Alert system include evacuations, shelter-in-place situations, major traffic disruptions, Amber Alerts, gas leaks, boil water advisories and weather warnings. The system is capable of selecting a specific geographic area and targeting messaging to those within that area.
The system pulls from the telephone company’s 911 database and is able to contact land-line telephone numbers. Those with cellular or Voice over IP phones must register those telephone numbers to receive alerts. Text and email notifications are also managed through this self-registration portal. All who register can choose to opt-in to three additional categories of notifications: Weather, Major Events, and Other community notifications. These options are described further on the registration page. Register for Community Emergency Alert at https://acuecc.onthealert.com/.
The Emergency Communications Center also has social media tools to help the community be aware of daily interruptions, such as road closure due to accidents. Follow #CommEmerg on Twitter ( https://twitter.com/CommEmerg) and like the Charlottesville, UVA, Albemarle County Emergency Communications Center page on Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/#!/CommEmerg).
Tornado Fact Sheet
Updated March 2013
For printable guidelines for what to do in case of a Tornado download the Tornado Fact Sheet (PDF 57KB).
Updated May 2012
For printable guidelines for what to do in case of an emergency download the Emergency Procedures Poster (PDF 64 KB).
Protective Measures in an Earthquake
During An Earthquake:
- When you first feel shaking, immediately take cover under something sturdy: under your desk or in the hallway; Cover your head.
- Do not attempt to walk during the quake; you may be thrown to the ground.
- Do not try to go outside. The area immediately surrounding any building is extremely hazardous due to falling objects and breaking glass.
- If you are outside when a quake starts, move away from the sides of buildings, overhead power lines, chimneys, antennas, etc. Drop to the ground and protect your head.
- Accept that you will be frightened. There will be a great deal of noise, and the lights, except for emergency lighting, may go out.
- Expect the intensity of the shaking to fluctuate. It may increase and decrease several times before subsiding. Wait a few seconds after the shaking stops before leaving your protection.
In the event of an emergency, multiple communication methods will be deployed to reach as many people as possible.
Communication methods include:
- Fire alarm
- UVa Alerts (text message and alternate email notification)
- U.Va. Home Page
- University email
- LCD screens
- Public address system announcements (where available)
- Local television and radio stations
See what the Web site will look like in the event of an emergency.
Be Prepared to Act
Safety of our people is the highest priority. Knowing what to do in an emergency is critical to your safety:
- If you discover an emergency situation, call 911. Remain calm and use common sense.
- Depending on the situation, evacuate or shelter-in-place.
- Evacuate immediately upon request of authorities, upon hearing an alarm, or when remaining inside is dangerous or life-threatening.
- Stay inside and move to an interior room if exiting the building is dangerous.
- Make one phone call to your out of town family contact and be brief; do not use the telephone again unless it is a life-threatening emergency.
- Protect yourself. Do not jeopardize your life or the lives of others by attempting to save personal or University property.
- Assist others, but do not exceed your training or knowledge when attempting to render first aid.
- Follow instructions from authorities. Do not cross official police barriers without authorization.
- Limit travel; keep the roads free for emergency vehicles.
Critical Incident Management Plan
The Critical Incident Management Plan (CIMP) guides the University’s response actions in any emergency incident affecting the University of Virginia. The CIMP is activated when an emergency affecting the University reaches proportions that cannot be handled by established measures. This emergency may be sudden and unforeseen, or there may be varying periods of warning. The CIMP is flexible to accommodate contingencies of all types, magnitude and duration.
U.Va. MobileThe U.Va. mobile site now includes information about how to contact U.Va. Police, get home safely, and what to do in an emergency. If information about a critical event or emergency is published to the U.Va. home page, it will also be available on the U.Va. Mobile home page. The following safety information is now available on U.Va. Mobile:
- U.Va. Police Emergency/Office numbers
- Blue-light phone information
- Safe Rides numbers and hours
- Yellow Cab ride reimbursement program information
- U.Va. Critical Alerts, if applicable
- Additional numbers and information from the Critical Incident web site.
Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Virginia Department of Health
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. State Department Travel Warnings
Dial 911 to Report
Emergency Horns & Sirens
U.Va. utilizes audible signals to warn students, staff, and visitors on campus of impending emergency situations or hazardous conditions.
When you hear this siren you should immediately try to seek shelter in a secure location and follow any verbal instructions that accompany this alarm.
All Clear Horn
This horn indicates that it is now safe to resume normal activities on Grounds.
Non-emergency dispatch: (434) 977-9041
Inclement Weather Information / Instructions
(434) 243-SNOW or 924-SNOW
(434) 243-7669 or 924-7669
(434) 924-5556 or (434) 243-5150
after hours on-call number (434) 972-7004
Office of the Dean of Students
The Dean on Call Program
(434) 243-3326 or dial 3-DEAN from any U.Va. extension
Facilities Management Trouble Reporting
Office of Environmental Health and Safety
UVa Health System Emergency Management (Intranet Site)
Blue Ridge Poison Center
Thomas Jefferson Health Department
Open House Crisis Hotline
(434) 295-TALK (8255)
Sexual Assault Resource Agency
Hotline: (434) 977-7273
Shelter for Help in Emergency
Hotline: (434) 293-8509
American Red Cross - Central Virginia Chapter (434) 979-7143
CERT: Community Emergency Response Team