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Emergency Notification Systems Tests

The University’s emergency notification systems are tested regularly.  Typically, tests are planned for the first Tuesday after classes begin each semester, as well as other times as circumstances warrant.  Notice is always given to students, faculty, staff and neighbors of the University prior to testing.

Test components include the siren/public address, text messaging, e-mail, LED and LCD screens, Health System paging system, Alertus desktop messaging and U.Va. Home Page. 

What You Can Expect During the Test

  • If you are outside, you may hear a siren followed by a public address message:  "This is a test of the U.Va. emergency notification system. This is a test."  To preview the sounds of the siren and all-clear horn, go to http://www.virginia.edu/emergency  (see Emergency Horns and Sirens on right hand side of page)
  • If you have signed up for U.Va. Alerts text messaging system and/or e-mail, you should receive a test message.  If you have not signed up for U.Va. Alerts, we encourage you to do so at https://www.virginia.edu/uvaalerts.
  • If you have a U.Va. e-mail account, you should receive a test message.
  • If you are in a large classroom, you may hear a tone and see the message on an LED screen; if you are in a common area, you may see the message on an LCD screen.
  • If you carry a Simon In-house pager, you will receive a test message.
  • If you have signed up for Alertus desktop messaging and your computer is on, you will receive a test message by way of a popup.   If you do not have Alertus installed on your computer, we encourage you to do so at http://www.its.virginia.edu/software/desktopalert.
  • If you are on the University Home Page (www.virginia.edu), you may see a message as well.

What You Can Expect During the All Clear

  • The siren will sound with three blasts followed by the message: "This concludes the test of the UVa emergency notification system."
  • Text messaging, e-mail, Simon In-house pagers, LEDs, LCDs, and the Home Page will also display the "all clear" message.

 

For further information, please contact the Office of Emergency Preparedness uvaoep@virginia.edu or 434-982-0565.