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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 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 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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    Before the first flake falls, a team of University officials closely monitors developing weather conditions. Although many of UVA's services are currently delivered remotely and many employees work off-site, the team is working as usual this winter to determine when changes to operations on the Grounds are necessary.

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    The University provides many resources to empower students to take responsibility for their own safety. From late night transportation; to confidential tools to report crimes, harassment, or intimidation; to training classes in fire safety and self defense, UVA helps students look out for themselves and each other.

    The University does not take disciplinary action against students who help others get medical attention for emergencies like alcohol poisoning or drug overdose. For signs of alcohol poisoning and other safety tips read the new student safety guide.

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    Many students, faculty, staff, and members of the community want to exercise their freedom of expression regarding current events at rallies and demonstrations. Although many of these events are safe, crowds can be targets for violence or create opportunity for violence. The following tips are offered for personal awareness and not to discourage participation. 

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    The University of Virginia has invested in personal protective equipment, purchased from local vendors, to distribute to students, faculty and staff members as the University reopens.

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    The universal use of cloth face coverings helps stop the spread of COVID-19. The state of Virginia requires anyone over the age of 10 to wear a face mask while inside a public building or business establishment. Face coverings help contain the wearer's respiratory droplets when she or he coughs, sneezes or even talks. 

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    Vice President for Safety and Security and University Police Chief Timothy Longo joined local first reponders and health experts in the Live Town Hall sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Health District on May 8. The panel answered questions related to local COVID-19 cases and investigations, re-opening businesses, and other community questions. The full webinar is available.

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    Classes offered during Summer Sessions I, II, and III have been moved to remote instruction.  All in-person summer programs through June 30 are cancelled. 

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