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Community Challenge - Three Basic Actions

November 11, 2010 — Community resilience and the ability to quickly recover from an emergency starts with individuals taking action to prepare in advance for crisis situations. You can contribute to our community resilience; we challenge you to take three basic actions:

1.  Create an account in U.Va. Alerts

Only 26 percent of the U.Va. community – that's students, faculty and staff – is signed up for U.Va. Alerts. Take this most basic personal preparedness step right now. Sign yourself up to be notified if there is a major crisis on Grounds.           

2.  Bookmark the University's home page and the "back-up" home page

The University of Virginia home page is the best source of official news from the University during and after an emergency. Technology sometimes fails during emergencies, however; if this happens we will switch to the back-up site. It's not as pretty, but the information about University operations will be there.

3.  Follow UVa on Twitter & Like the University of Virginia on Facebook

Social networking offers great reach and speed in keeping the community up-to-date on University operations. In an emergency, the University will use Twitter and Facebook to keep you informed. Start "liking" and "following" U.Va. on these networks now so you don't have to search for it during an incident. You can also be our eyes and ears; use these sites to tell us what you're seeing and hearing during an emergency.

Between now and November 30, let's see how many people we can add to these networks.

For information, contact the Office of Emergency Preparedness at 434-982-0565 or

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