Date: September 6, 2013
To: All University Students
From: Patricia M. Lampkin, Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer
Re:"Take 3" Right Now to be Prepared for an Emergency
Being prepared is one of the best ways to ensure safety during an emergency. Please "Take 3" minutes to review this important information from the Office of Emergency Preparedness.
Patricia M. Lampkin
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer
TAKE 3 FOR EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Everyone needs to be prepared to act in an emergency. In any emergency, follow the directions of the emergency responders.
Please TAKE 3 minutes as you begin this term to consider these three things:
- How you will be notified in an emergency
- Where you would evacuate from class or residence
- Where you would shelter in place in class or residence
- UVa Alerts: You will receive an SMS text message or email if you are signed up for UVa Alerts. If you have not signed up, you are encouraged to do so at www.virginia.edu/uvaalerts.
- Alertus Desktop Notification: Alertus Desktop Notification software has been installed on all classroom computers and is available for you to install on your personal desktop/laptop computer. If your computer is on, the emergency message will override any program and display the alert. We encourage you to download Alertus to your personal computer/laptop from www.its.virginia.edu/software/desktopalert.
- Siren: If you are outside, you may hear a siren followed by a public address message detailing the emergency event and giving brief instructions. This will be repeated three times. To preview the sounds of the siren and all-clear horn, go to www.virginia.edu/emergency (see Emergency Horns and Sirens on the right hand side of the page).
- LED: If you are in a large classroom, you may hear a tone and see the alert message on an LED screen.
- LCD: If you are in a common area, you may see the alert message on an LCD screen.
- UVa home page: If you are on UVa's home page, the alert message will be posted over the page. You will be directed to the home page for all updates.
- Leave using the nearest exit or an alternate if the nearest exit is not accessible.
- Never use an elevator.
- Take personal belongings (keys, purse, wallet, phone, etc.), but do not delay your exit in doing so.
- Once outside, go to the designated assembly area.
- Follow the directions of the police and fire responders.
- If you are unable to exit, move to an area of refuge and alert a contact of your location.
Shelter in Place:
- Evaluate the situation and choose the most appropriate shelter location. For example:
- Severe weather/earthquake: lowest interior space away from windows.
- Violence: secure, enclosed space, behind solid objects and away from doors.
- Move to shelter, and take personal items if space allows.
- Remain sheltered until instructed that it is safe to leave.
- If safe to do so, monitor news sites for the latest information.
If you would like more information or training, email email@example.com with your questions or contact information.