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Be Informed

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

  • Emergency Notification –The University employs a range of technological solutions to assist us in alerting the community to emergency situations as quickly as possible. Emergency alerts are reserved for critical incidents that pose an imminent threat to the health and safety of the University community. You may be notified of an emergency 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 parent 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 www.virginia.edu. Local television and radio stations should also be relied on in severe weather situations. High-level emergencies and related schedule information will be posted on the University's home page. Key staff and student leaders, such as the Resident Staff, will also be equipped to communicate directly with you. All available forms of communication will be used to convey needed information to you.

Health and safety notices will be sent to you by Office of Student Affairs and UVa Police Department. Among these are timely notices about criminal activity that has occurred on or near the University Grounds. Many common safety reminders are incorporated into these messages.