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    Emergency Management

    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.


Ariel view of Scott Stadium filled with football fans


UVA Emergency Management (EM) has been preparing to provide spectator safety and security support for all home football games. Using a new state-of-the-art event management software platform, EM helps plan and coordinate the combined efforts of police and public safety departments from the University, Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and the State of Virginia. Each football game provides an opportunity for state and local resources to manage large-scale non-emergency events in real time while remaining ready to rapidly respond to small or large-scale emergency situations if needed.  Football games attract anywhere from 30,000-50,000 fans to Scott Stadium, making them the single largest gathering of people on Grounds.

A womans hands hold AED pads over a dummy on the floor

Stayin' Alive with New AEDs

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device used to administer an electric shock to the heart and restore its normal rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest. UVA Emergency Management is replacing 225 strategically placed AEDs across Grounds with new ones. Unlike the traditional red-colored cases, the new AEDs are lime green.

UVA students sitting outdoors pet a police dog while an officer holds his leash

Muki Honored for 56 Dog-Years of Service

Muki, the 10-year-old Belgian Malinois who served as the University Police Department’s explosive-detection canine for eight years, was recognized at a reception in the Rotunda in April. UVA Police Chief Tommye Sutton highlighted Muki’s career in the Department’s K-9 program. Chief Sutton presented Muki and his handler, Officer Audrell Ragland, with a plaque honoring Muki’s career and the years he worked to keep our community safe. Highly trained and using powers beyond the capability of humans, Muki’s job was to sweep athletic and concert venues, such as Scott Stadium and John Paul Jones Arena, by sniffing for explosives.