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UVA To Test Emergency Notification System

UVA will test all components of its emergency notification system components on Tuesday, June 21, between approximately 10:50 a.m. and 11:10 a.m.  The test will include the siren/public address system, text messaging, e-mail, LED and LCD screens, Health System paging system, Alertus desktop messaging, UVA homepage, and UVA Emergency home page. No action is required on your part during the test.

New Public Safety Substation Holds Open House, Feb 3, from 10-2 pm

The UVA Police Department invites the public to tour the new public safety substation on The Corner, on Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The substation is located at 1413 University Ave,  (the former location of the Freeman-Victorius Framing Shop). At the open house, the public can tour behind-the-scenes spaces and meet representatives from the University Police Department (UPD) and the UVA Ambassador program.  Light refreshments will be served.

Stay Informed about Severe Weather and Other Emergent Events

In a local emergency, staying informed is one of the best ways to ensure your continued safety.  Faculty, staff, and students should register for UVA Alerts to receive texts and emails about risks to the University population.  University members who live in Charlottesville or Albemarle County may also want to consider signing up to receive community alerts via the region's new notification system, CodeRED.

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.

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