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7 Resources to Help Students Stay Safe at the University of Virginia

Photograph of UVA Public Safety Substation
In light of recent events and the impending 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

 

Sullivan Addresses Safety Concerns, University Response to Torch March

Last Friday torch-bearing protestors marched on our Grounds prior to Saturday’s rally and protests in downtown Charlottesville. Emotions remain raw in our community. We all mourn the loss of life on Saturday, the injuries, and the resulting distress. And we feel anger and frustration at the hateful messages that were directed to valued members of our community. Beginning to heal as a community from this trauma takes time and energy. And we must do so together.

Increase Your Chances for Surviving a Mass Shooting: RUN, HIDE, FIGHT

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.

Flood Safety is Top Priority in Spring

cars on residential street caught in flood waters

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/.

By Any Name, Tornadoes Wreak Havoc

picture of sky with tornado hitting earth

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.

Winter Weather Preparedness

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.  

First Outdoor AED Installed at The Park at North Grounds

Outdoor AED mounted at The Park

Outdoor AED mounted at The Park

The UVA Office of Safety and Emergency Preparedness, UVA Intramural-Recreational Sports and the UVA Department of Emergency Medicine are pleased to announce the placement of the first outdoor automated external defibrillator (AED) on Grounds. This device, mounted in a heated and weatherproof outdoor cabinet was installed at The Park at North Grounds. It will give better access to the AED in the event of a cardiac emergency. This is the first of several outdoor installations scheduled during the 2016-17 academic year.

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