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Faculty and Staff

General Preparedness

Make sure to familiarize yourself with:

  • Your office, workspace or classrooms
    • Identify the location of the closest emergency equipment (fire extinguishers, AEDs, first aid kits, etc.)
    • Identify two emergency exit routes out of the office, workspace or classrooms
  • Your building's emergency plan
  • Your department's continuity of operations plan

Print the Emergency Procedures Poster, a quick reference of key actions you should take in particular scenarios, and post it near your work station.

10 Things to Know in an Emergency is a PowerPoint presentation that may be used for training in your department.

Be Prepared to Act

Safety is the highest priority. Knowing what to do in an emergency is critical to your safety:

  • If you discover an emergency situation or observe something suspicious, call 911
  • If you are assigned emergency response duties, execute your responsibilities
  • Depending on the situation, evacuate or shelter-in-place. Absent official instructions, use best judgment
  • Protect yourself. Do not jeopardize yourself or others attempting to save property
  • Assist others, but do not exceed your training or knowledge rendering first aid
  • If you are a designated employee for your unit, be ready to support continuity operations

Be Informed

Accurate information about impending or actual threats or emergencies can literally mean the difference between life and death.

Emergency Notification

Emergency alerts are reserved for critical incidents that pose an imminent threat to the health and safety of the University community. You may be alerted in several ways:

  • Fire alarm
  • Siren
  • U.Va. Alerts (text message and alternate email notification)
  • University email
  • LCD and LED displays
  • Public address system announcements (where available)

Sign up for UVa Alerts. You can add a significant other cell phone number as the secondary phone number if you'd like them to receive alerts as well.

Situation Updates

During an emergency, the best source of official information will be the University's Web site at High-level emergencies and related schedule information will be posted on the University's home page. Local television and radio stations should also be relied on in severe weather situations. All available forms of communication will be used to convey needed information to you.