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As winter nears, along with the potential for unexpected weather to impact the University's academic schedule, the University's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Pat Hogan explained UVA’s decision-making process and the criteria involved in any decision to cancel classes. Life safety is always the institution's top priority. Read the full message from Pat Hogan.

 

 

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The University is committed to providing information that will help members of our community take measures to protect their own safety. In a society where technology provides immediate access to information, instant communication has become an expectation for many people. As the primary source of information for students, faculty and staff, the University provides four types of safety communication, each with different criteria. 

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The Deans Working Group, charged by President Sullivan to review the events related to August 11, has presented its findings and key recommendations to the President.  The full report and a timeline of events of August 11 are publicly available. President Sullivan said, "I encourage members of the University community to continue to visit the Working Group’s dedicated website, response.virginia.edu, to share your ideas."

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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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In light of recent events and the start of a new semester, the University of Virginia is making every effort to ensure that its students thrive in a safe and secure environment.  UVA President Teresa A. Sullivan has repeatedly addressed the importance of promoting safety and security on Grounds, and as president has stated, “Because we value safety, all of us in this community share a sense of responsibility for ourselves and for one another.”
 
Through a variety of resources and on-Grounds training programs, the University ensures that everyone has the tools to promote a safe and inclusive environment. Read more about seven important safety resources available to students, faculty and staff.  More details are available in the new Student Safety Guide

 

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On April 16, 2007, in what was then the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, 32 people were killed on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, and more than a dozen were injured.  As law enforcement and government agencies learn more about mass shooters and mass-shooting events, they have identified best practices for survival. The message is simple – RUN to leave the area; HIDE if you can’t leave; and as a last resort, FIGHT. Your survival may depend on whether you are aware of your surroundings and know what to do before a gunman attacks.

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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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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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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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Punxsutawney Phil – the kindly groundhog who interrupts his hibernation every winter to foretell the arrival of spring – has spoken.  In the cold morning light of February 2, he prophesized six more weeks of winter. Although the world’s most famous groundhog is known as much for his showmanship as his accuracy, the truth is that late winter weather can hit hard in Charlottesville.  This is an opportunity to prepare or refresh your winter emergency kit for your home and car, and consider winter-weather driving safety.  

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