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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, respond, mitigate and recover from emergencies, large and small.

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Where There's Fire, There's Smoke

The University of Virginia and Charlottesville Fire Department are taking to the streets in the annual neighborhood “Stop and Knock” fire safety campaign.  Staff from UVA's Office of Environmental Health and Safety along with Charlottesville's Fire Department and Neighborhood Development Services are checking for working smoke alarms and fire safety plans. They can install a new smoke alarm on the spot. The effort was initiated in 2013 following a fire on Wertland Street that left 13 students homeless. The campaign also targets the danger of upholstered furniture outdoors.

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New Student Safety Guide

The Student Safety Guide puts safety resources in every student's hands. First year students receive a copy of the guide from their Resident Advisor. From the emergency notification system to the Ambassador program, the Safe Ride van to safety-related student organizations, the guide is a one-stop shop.

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Manhole Fire on McCormick Road

Emergencies Happen

September is National Preparedness Month and a good time to remember that emergencies happen. Are you ready? There are several easy steps you can take to make your response more effective. But for a manhole fire like the one pictured here, you should definitely go straight to step “call 911.”

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