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Hoos Ready...Are You Really?

Why is the emergency preparedness mantra at U.Va. and across the nation "Get a Kit—Make a Plan—Be Informed"? Each of these elements prepares you to act quickly and decisively should an emergency arise. Here are some important actions to keep in mind:

  • 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 let someone know you're OK 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.

September is Emergency Preparedness Month, so think about other ways you can get engaged. Check out these local emergency-related clubs:


Not up for a long-term engagement? How about three hours? Help University and local emergency responders test their skills in Operation Move! Hoos, a regional emergency training event, on Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. until noon. Check out for more details and to register. Participating in this exercise satisfies a FOA safety requirement.

For more information contact U.Va.'s Office of Emergency Preparedness: 434-982-0565 or