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).


Emergency Procedures

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.

Additional Information on the Office of Emergency Preparedness Website.


Emergency Notification

In the event of an emergency, multiple communication methods will be deployed to reach as many people as possible.

Communication methods include:

  • Fire alarm
  • Siren
  • 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.

The University of Virginia's Critical Incident Management Plan is available as a Web page and a PDF (PDF 132 KB).


U.Va. Mobile

The 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.

- Get U.Va. Mobile


State Resources

Virginia Department of Emergency Management
(804) 864-7001

Virginia Department of Health
(804) 864-7001

Ready Virginia.Gov
(866) 782-3470


National Resources

Ready.Gov
(202) 282-8000

Department of Homeland Security
(202) 282-8000

U.S. State Department Travel Warnings
(888) 407-4747

Pandemic Flu
(800) 232-4636

Dial 911 to Report
an Emergency

National Threat Advisory


Sign up for U.Va. Alerts


Emergency Horns & Sirens

U.Va. utilizes audible signals to warn students, staff, and visitors on campus of impending emergency situations or hazardous conditions.

Emergency Siren

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.

University Resources

University Police
Non-emergency dispatch: (434) 977-9041

Inclement Weather Information / Instructions
(434) 243-SNOW or 924-SNOW
(434) 243-7669 or 924-7669

Office of Emergency Preparedness
uvaoep@virginia.edu or (434) 982-0565

Crisis Intervention
(434) 924-5556 or (434) 243-5150

Student Health
after hours on-call number (434) 972-7004

Safe Ride
(434) 242-1122

Office of the Dean of Students
(434) 924-7133

The Dean on Call Program
(434) 243-3326 or dial 3-DEAN from any U.Va. extension

Just Report It

Facilities Management Trouble Reporting
(434) 924-1777

Office of Environmental Health & Safety
(434) 982-4911

UVa Health System Emergency Management (Intranet Site)

Hoos Ready

Community Resources

Community Emergency Information

Blue Ridge Poison Center
(800) 222-1222

Thomas Jefferson Health Department
(434) 972-6219

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

Charlottesville / Albemarle / University Emergency Communications Center (434) 971-1765

American Red Cross - Central Virginia Chapter (434) 979-7143

CERT: Community Emergency Response Team
(434) 971-1263

Last Modified: 29-Aug-2013 17:45:02 EDT