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NOAA Predicts Active Hurricane Season

pie chart of hurricane season outlook

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.


UVA Successfully Tests Emergency Alert System

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.

    New Student Safety Guide

    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.