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    UVA's Office of Emergency Management facilitates preparedness activities, organizes and coordinates the University’s response and recovery efforts, and maintains mitigation strategies based on the hazards that make us most vulnerable.

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NOAA Predicts Active Hurricane Season

The 2021 hurricane season kicked off early with its first named storm, subtropical Storm Ana, occurring before the official the official start of the season -- marking the seventh consecutive year of an early start. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts an above average hurricane season, with a possibility of six to ten hurricanes. While Charlottesville may not experience the hazards of coastal cities, Grounds can still experience severe weather such as flooding, strong winds, tornadoes, and power outages.  Read more for tips to help you prepare.

 

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UVA Offers First-Ever Public Opt In for UVA Alerts

UVA announced that starting June 1, anyone who desires to receive official UVA Alerts via text may do so. Subscription is as easy as texting "UVA" to 226787. This shortcode subscription service is available to anyone, anywhere. 

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UVA Successfully Tests Emergency Alert System

UVA Alerts is the comprehensive mass notification system that deploys urgent emergency messages to warn people of a threat on Grounds and provide instructions for what to do. On June 29, the University successfully tested all components of its emergency notification system -- including 83,866 emails deployed to UVA faculty, students, and staff, and text messages delivered to 21, 527 SMS devices.

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    Get UVA Alerts

    To receive emergency text alerts, students, faculty and staff should add mobile phone numbers to their UVA Alerts account. All members of the University community with a valid UVA email are automatically enrolled to receive emergency emails; they can also add emails of family/contacts. UVA members can receive desktop pop-up alerts by installing Alertus.

    Members of the public can subscribe to UVA text alerts by texting "UVA" to 226787. 

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