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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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Great SouthEast ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on Oct 15

Four years ago, Virginians were surprised to find themselves at the epicenter of a 5.8  magnitude earthquake. Many residents had never felt an earthquake and were unsure how to respond. In an effort to recall that earthquakes can occur in Charlottesville and to practice the safest responses, U.Va. will join a multi-state simultaneous drill called the "Great Southeast ShakeOut" on Oct 15.  

Upholstered furniture on porches creates a grave fire risk

"Stop and Knock" for Fire Safety: Reminds Students to Check Smoke Detectors, Remove Upholstered Furniture from Porches

As part of Fire Prevention month, U.Va. will conduct its annual “Stop and Knock” fire safety campaign during the week of Oct 12.  This collaborative effort targets densely populated student neighborhoods with a visit from Charlottesville Fire personnel, the Property Maintenance Inspector for student neighborhoods, and fire officials from U.Va.’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety who walk door-to-door meeting residents and advising about fire safety.

Take 3 for Safety

'Take 3' for Safety

The time of crisis is not the time to plan. Emergencies can happen unexpectedly, and everyone needs to be prepared to act in an emergency. Please TAKE 3 minutes as you begin this semester 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

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