Five years ago, Virginians were surprised to find themselves at the epicenter of a 5.8 magnitude earthquake. At the time, many members of our community had never experienced an earthquake and were unsure how to respond. In an effort to remind you how to prepare and what to do during an earthquake, the University will join other states throughout the region for the Great Southeast ShakeOut on Thursday, October 20, at 10:50 a.m.
The University will test all components of its emergency notification system on Tuesday, January 31, between approximately 10:50 and 11:10 a.m. The test will include the siren/public address system, text messaging, email, LED and LCD screens, Alertus desktop messaging, UVA home page, and UVA Emergency page. When the test is completed, an "all clear" will be issued.
Safety is vitally important to every member of the UVA community. Take responsibility for your safety and the well-being of others in your community with the new Student Safety Guide. The Student Safety Guide is distributed by Resident Advisors to first-year students at their first night meetings. Copies are also distributed to students at the Transfer Student Welcome and Dinner and the Welcome Dinner and Convocation for Graduate and Professional Students.
To spread the word about fire prevention to students living off Grounds, representatives from the University of Virginia and the city of Charlottesville go door to door in the annual “Stop and Knock” fire safety campaign, scheduled from August 30-September 1 from 4-6 p.m. this year.
The Commonwealth of Virginia has combined its three sales tax holidays into one three-day tax-free weekend from August 5 through August 7. During this weekend, customers save state sales and use tax on qualifying items, including hurricane and emergency preparedness supplies. Tax-exempt days offer the perfect opportunity to ensure that your disaster supply kit is up to date.
A major change in the traffic pattern at the intersection of Rugby and Culbreth Roads near Beta Bridge occurred over Spring Break with the installation of two new stop signs and bars on Rugby Road. The three-way stop is designed to slow and better organize vehicles in order to provide improved safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
The University of Virginia became the 18th college in the United States to be named a HEARTSafe Campus by the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation (NCEMSF) at its 23rd annual conference in February.
In February Valentine's hearts are everywhere, but the most important hearts are the ones we cannot see. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but UVA wants to decrease deaths on our Grounds through one of the most extensive higher ed public access defibrillation (AED) programs in the country. Locate your nearest AED at work and take a refresher on hands-only CPR. Be ready in case someone's heart suddenly relies on your hands.
UVA will test all components of its emergency notification system components on Tuesday, June 21, between approximately 10:50 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. The test will include the siren/public address system, text messaging, e-mail, LED and LCD screens, Health System paging system, Alertus desktop messaging, UVA homepage, and UVA Emergency home page. No action is required on your part during the test.
The UVA Police Department invites the public to tour the new public safety substation on The Corner, on Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The substation is located at 1413 University Ave, (the former location of the Freeman-Victorius Framing Shop). At the open house, the public can tour behind-the-scenes spaces and meet representatives from the University Police Department (UPD) and the UVA Ambassador program. Light refreshments will be served.