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    The Office of Safety and Emergency Preparedness develops and communicates the University's key emergency policies, strategies, plans and procedures across Grounds. We help the institution plan, mitigate, respond, and recover from emergencies, large and small.

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By Any Name, Tornadoes Wreak Havoc

Known by a variety of names including tornadoes, twisters, typhoons, or cyclones, these weather events devastate property and life.  A powerful storm system in Virginia last year spawned at least eight tornadoes, killing four people in a single day. Because tornadoes can occur in any part of the state and at any time of year, it's important to plan and practice how to respond to a tornado warning. To encourage your awareness, the University will participate in Tornado Preparedness Day, March 21, by testing all components of its emergency notification system at 10:50 a.m.

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Flood Safety is Top Priority in Spring

Floods are among the most common hazards in the United States but not all floods are alike. Some floods develop slowly, while others – like flash floods – can develop within a few minutes or hours. Be aware of streams, drainage channels, and other areas known to flood suddenly. In direct response to so many unnecessary vehicle-related flood deaths, the National Weather Service (NWS) developed a national campaign called “Turn around Don’t Drown.” The campaign aims to educate motorists of the dangers of driving across flooded roads. To learn more about the campaign and promotional tools, please visit http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/water/tadd/.

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A Walk in the Dark -- UVA Safety Committee on Night Tour

The University’s Security and General Safety Committee conducted its Spring Night Tour on March 7 (postponed from February 28). During the Night Tour, committee members walked areas of Grounds in darkness to assess safety conditions in various facilities of the University.

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