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UVA to Test Emergency Notification System on 9/5

In an emergency, accurate information is vital. The University maintains an emergency alert system to send information to students, faculty and staff who would be affected directly by a critical incident.  UVA will test its system on Tuesday, September 5.  After the test, an all clear will be issued. Here is what to expect: 

At approximately 10:50 a.m.

  • If you are outside, you may hear a siren followed by a public address message: "This is a test of the UVA emergency notification system. This is a test." (You can preview the sounds of the siren and all-clear horn.)
  • If you have signed up for UVA Alerts text messaging and/or e-mail, you will receive a test message. If you have not signed up for UVA Alerts, please sign up for UVA Alerts now.
  • If you have a UVA email account, you will receive a test message.
  • If you are in a large classroom, you may hear a tone and see the message on an LED screen; if you are in a common area, you may see the message on an LCD screen.
  • If you carry a Simon In-house pager, you will receive a test message.
  • If your computer is on and connected to the UVA network AND you have installed Alertus desktop messaging, you will receive a pop-up test message. If you have not installed Alertus, please install Alertus desktop messaging now.
  • If you open the UVA home page or UVA Emergency home page, you will see a test message.

At approximately 11:10 a.m.

  • The siren will sound with three blasts followed by the message: "This concludes the test of the UVA emergency notification system."
  • Text messaging, email, Simon In-house pagers, LEDs, LCDs, the UVA home page and the UVA Emergency page will display the "all clear" message.

If you have questions or feedback about this test or any aspect of UVA's emergency notification system, email the Office of Safety and Emergency Preparedness at or call 434-982-0565.