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Install Alertus Desktop Messaging

The Alertus Desktop Notification software provides a way for public safety personnel to relay important emergency alert information to UVa faculty, staff, and students.

The alert information appears on an individual’s desktop or laptop computer as a pop-up window overlaying all other open windows on the computer. Typically, such information will come from the University Police Department or the UVa Office of Emergency Preparedness.

Keeping Norovirus at Bay

The Department of Student Health & Wellness at UVA has confirmed cases of norovirus in our student population. Cases have also been confirmed in other areas of the Commonwealth.  Because norovirus is highly contagious, students and employees are encouraged to take protective measures against the illness, and to stay home if sick with norovirus symptoms. The most effective protection is frequent hand-washing with soap and water. Hand sanitizers are not a substitute for washing hands as sanitizers do not remove norovirus particles.  

Text to 911 Available in C'ville, Albemarle County, and on Grounds

Persons in Charlottesville and Albemarle have a new option for contacting local emergency services – text-to-911. Text-to-911 is designed to help people in three types of emergency situations: when it’s not safe to speak, such as in an active shooter or domestic abuse situation; when a person is deaf or hard of hearing; or when a speech disability or medical condition makes a person unable to speak.  People should always call 911 if they can, but text-to-911 when they can’t. This video depicts the use of text-to-911.

Where There's Fire, There's Smoke

A firefighter walks in front of a burning house

The University of Virginia and Charlottesville Fire Department took to the streets in September in the annual neighborhood “Stop and Knock” fire safety campaign.  Staff from UVA's Office of Environmental Health and Safety along with Charlottesville's Fire Department and Neighborhood Development Services checked for working smoke alarms and fire safety plans and offered to install a new smoke alarm on the spot. The effort was initiated in 2013 following a fire on Wertland Street that left 13 students homeless. The campaign also targeted the danger of upholstered furniture outdoors.

@UVASafety

Follow us on Twitter. We will tweet tips and information to help you stay safe, focusing especially on what is occuring on and near the University. 

New Student Safety Guide

A group of students sitting on the Rotunda south plaza

The Student Safety Guide puts safety resources in every student's hands. First year students receive a copy of the guide from their Resident Advisor. From the emergency notification system to the Ambassador program, the Safe Ride van to safety-related student organizations, the guide is a one-stop shop. Students are encouraged to become familiar with the services the University offers to help them stay safe. We are all safer when everyone is working together.

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