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Forecasters Predict a Colder, Wetter Winter for VA

In an effort to remind Virginians to prepare now for upcoming winter weather, Governor McAuliffe has proclaimed Nov. 29 through Dec. 5 as Winter Preparedness Week.  The National Weather Service predicts above-median precipitation amounts for December-February due to a strong El Niño effect, coupled with possible below-median temperatures. It is especially important to be prepared for possible power outages and the need to shelter in place this season.

Rapid Flashing Beacons Enhance Crosswalk Safety at the Push of a Button

Picture of rapid flashing beacons

In an ongoing effort to improve pedestrian safety, the University has installed a new kind of crosswalk light warning system, called Rapid Flashing Beacons (RFBs), at 16 crosswalks in and around the University.  RFBs allow UVA to put more lights in more locations across Grounds in ways that are less invasive, easier to maintain – and most important – more reliable than previous systems. 

"Stop and Knock" Fire Safety Campaign Reached Off-Grounds Student Residents

As part of Fire Prevention month, the University helped promote fire safety in the “Stop and Knock” campaign on October 14–15.   The campaign targeted students who live in off Grounds rental housing in neighborhoods close to the University, including Venable, Lewis Mountain, and the JPA/Fontaine corridor.  The campaign was initiated in 2013 following a fire on Wertland Street ignited by an upholstered sofa on the front porch.

Great SouthEast ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on Oct 15

Four years ago, Virginians were surprised to find themselves at the epicenter of a 5.8  magnitude earthquake. Many residents had never felt an earthquake and were unsure how to respond. In an effort to recall that earthquakes can occur in Charlottesville and to practice the safest responses, U.Va. will join a multi-state simultaneous drill called the "Great Southeast ShakeOut" on Oct 15.  

'Take 3' for Safety

Take 3 for Safety

The time of crisis is not the time to plan. 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

Install Alertus Desktop Messaging

The Alertus Desktop Notification software provides a way for public safety personnel to relay important emergency alert information to UVa faculty, staff, and students.

The alert information appears on an individual’s desktop or laptop computer as a pop-up window overlaying all other open windows on the computer. Typically, such information will come from the University Police Department or the UVa Office of Emergency Preparedness.

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