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Emergency Communications


Emergency Notification Endpoints

The University uses several communication endpoints to alert the community to emergency situations:

  • Email and SMS Text Messages: UVA Alerts notify users via email and SMS text if added to individual accounts when the University population faces an imminent threat.
  • LCD and LED displays: Displays UVA Alert messages in large classrooms and in common areas located across Grounds.
  • The University home page ( displays a pop-up box with the test message.  
  • The Emergency Management homepage ( displays test message.
  • Sirens: Indicates that there is an imminent threat to the University community. If you are outside and hear the siren and audible announcement, follow the announced instructions. If the audible announcement cannot be understood, immediately check your cell phone and email for a UVA Alert message or go to the Emergency Homepage for information and direction.
  • Overhead Announcements: The UVA Contact Center provides overhead announcements within some buildings within the UVA Medical Center when a UVA Alert is sent. These announcements are the same as what is communicated via email, SMS text, LED screens, edbpages, social media, and over sirens when they are activated.
  • Desktop Alerts: When the application is installed on your computer, this program displays an alert notification as a pop-up window or a ticker banner.  
  • UVA Alerts are tweeted to these Twitter handles: @UVA_EM, @UVAPolice, @HoosSafe, and @UVAHSEM.
  • LiveSafe: Alert notifications appear on LiveSafe, UVA's mobile safety app, available for iOS and Android devices for anyone to download and use. While LiveSafe provides resources for non-emergenct situations, UVA Alerts is integrated with the application and will receive UVA Alerts as well.
  • Fire Alarms: When activated, fire alarms indicate the need to evacuate a building immediately. These alarms are not integrated with the UVA Alert enpoints.  




Emergency Notification System Tests

The University tests all communication tools once every semester as well as during the state’s annual Tornado Drill in March.  During these tests, the siren/public address system, text messaging, email, LED and LCD screens, UVA and Emergency Management homepages, Alertus desktop notification, and Twitter accounts are activated. When the test is completed, an "all clear" message is issued.

Sign up for 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 add emails of family/contacts. UVA members can receive desktop pop-up alerts by installing Alertus.   Everyone can receive alert notifications by downloading the safety app LiveSafe® (set location services always on).              

Text/Email Message

UVA Alerts

Mobile App


Desktop Alerts

Alertus Desktop