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    The Four Pillars of Emergency Preparedness

    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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Text to 911 Now Available in Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and on Grounds

Persons in Charlottesville and Albemarle have a new option for contacting local emergency services – text-to-911. Text-to-911 is designed to help people in three types of emergency situations: when it’s not safe to speak, such as in an active shooter or domestic abuse situation; when a person is deaf or hard of hearing; or when a speech disability or medical condition makes a person unable to speak.  People should always call 911 if they can, but text-to-911 when they can’t.

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Winter Weather & Schedule Changes

Winter is coming with the potential for ice and snow to impact the University’s operating schedule. Here is what you need to know about how UVA makes inclement weather decisions, and how to stay informed if classes are delayed or cancelled.

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Where There's Fire, There's Smoke

The University of Virginia and Charlottesville Fire Department took to the streets in September 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 checked for working smoke alarms and fire safety plans and offered to 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 targeted the danger of upholstered furniture outdoors.

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The University notifies registered users of an imminent threat via text message, email, and desktop alerts. UVA students and staff are eligible to register for these accounts.

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