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.
We are entering the season when the University may need to make schedule modifications because of inclement weather. This year, we have improved our online features to provide clear and comprehensive timely information through the new Operations Status Board.
In a local emergency, staying informed is one of the best ways to ensure your continued safety. Faculty, staff, and students should register for UVA Alerts to receive texts and emails about risks to the University population. University members who live in Charlottesville or Albemarle County may also want to consider signing up to receive community alerts via the region's new notification system, CodeRED.
In an effort to remind Virginians to prepare now for upcoming winter weather, Governor McAuliffe has proclaimed Nov. 29 through Dec. 5 as Winter Preparedness Week. The National Weather Service predicts above-median precipitation amounts for December-February due to a strong El Niño effect, coupled with possible below-median temperatures. It is especially important to be prepared for possible power outages and the need to shelter in place this season.
In an ongoing effort to improve pedestrian safety, the University has installed a new kind of crosswalk light warning system, called Rapid Flashing Beacons (RFBs), at 16 crosswalks in and around the University. RFBs allow UVA to put more lights in more locations across Grounds in ways that are less invasive, easier to maintain – and most important – more reliable than previous systems.
University of Virginia Dean of Students Allen Groves is known and loved by students for giving high fives around Grounds. Dean Groves also knows that those same hands could help save a life.
Commonly known as "blue light phones," there are more than 475 emergency phones located across Grounds. These phones are intended for emergency use and provide direct contact to the police department. If you feel threatened, in danger, are experiencing an emergency, or otherwise need police or security assistance, press or pick up the nearest emergency phone.