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.
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 email@example.com.
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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. Students are encouraged to become familiar with the services the University offers to help them stay safe. We are all safer when everyone is working together.
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."
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.
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.
An active shooter is intent on killing people in a confined and populated area, usually without a method for selecting victims other than causing the most harm in a short amount of time. Because active shooter situations evolve quickly and usually end within 10-15 minutes, people must know how to act in advance. Get in the habit of being alert to your surroundings and notice potential threats as you move through your day, especially in crowded areas. Wherever you are, identify the two nearest exits. In an active shooter situation, you must quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your life. Seconds count.