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.
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
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.
The next tax-free emergency preparedness equipment period is May 25-31, 2014. Items designated as hurricane preparedness equipment will be exempt from state sales tax. For details, visit the Hurricane Preparedness Equipment Holiday page.
Safety of our people is the highest priority. Knowing what to do in an emergency is critical to your safety:
If you discover an emergency situation, call 911. Remain calm and use common sense.
Depending on the situation, evacuate or shelter in place. To determine your safest response, see the Emergency Procedures Poster.
In the event of an emergency, multiple communication methods will be deployed to alert the community to an emergency as quickly as possible. You may be notified of an emergency in several ways.