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Seven years ago, the University experienced a 5.8 magnitude earthquake so strong that it cracked the top of the Washington Monument. For many students, faculty, and staff, this was their first earthquake. In an effort to teach our community how to stay safe in an earthquake, the University will join  the Great Southeast ShakeOut at 10:50 a.m. on Thursday, October 18.

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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 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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Having an emergency kit ready with critically needed supplies can help you get through an unexpected need to shelter in place or evacuate quickly. The University recommends that every student pack an emergency kit. If you are a student who hasn't received a red go-bag and would like one, contact our office at (434) 982-0565 or email osep@virginia.edu.

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    Follow us on Twitter. We will tweet tips and information to help you stay safe, focusing especially on what is occuring on and near the University. 

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    President James Ryan sent a message to the University community about UVA's precautions to ensure safety this weekend, as well as his hope to "come together to mark and past and, just as importantly, to start thinking about the path forward." 

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    With the one-year anniversary of the violence of last August approaching, the University continues to updates its community regarding safety and emergency planning efforts for the weekend and to provide information to enable individuals to make decisions regarding their plans for these days.  The city has launched a dedicated website, www.charlottesville.org/resilientcville, with important resources including Frequently Asked Questions.
     

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    A veteran law enforcement official with more than 22 years of service at higher education institutions across the nation, Gloria Graham is the new associate vice president for safety and security at UVA. Formerly assistant vice president for safety and security and deputy chief of police at Northwestern University, AVP Graham will serve as the principle administrator in planning, directing, and managing the comprehensive law enforcement, general security, workforce safety and emergency preparedness services for all components of the University.

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    More than half the deaths from flood-related drownings each year occur in vehicles. Floods are among the most common hazards in the US, but not all floods are alike. Some floods develop slowly, while flash flooding can occur in hours or minutes. Be aware of streams and other areas known to flood suddenly. The National Weather Service (NWS) has developed a campaign called “Turn around Don’t Drown,” describing the dangers of driving across flooded roads. To learn more, please visit the NWS.    

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