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For Faculty and Staff

Emergency ProceduresGeneral Preparedness

Make sure to familiarize yourself with:

  • Your office, workspace or classrooms
    • Identify the location of the closest emergency equipment (fire extinguishers, AEDs, first aid kits, etc.)
    • Identify two emergency exit routes out of the office, workspace or classrooms
  • Your building's emergency plan
  • Your department's continuity of operations plan

Print the Emergency Procedures Poster, a quick reference of key actions you should take in particular scenarios, and post it near your work station. (Responses for clinical operations may vary; consult your Unit Red Book and follow your local procedures.)

10 Things to Know in an Emergency is a PowerPoint presentation that may be used for training in your department.


10 things to Know in an EmergencyBe Prepared to Act

Safety is the highest priority. Knowing what to do in an emergency is critical to your safety:

  • If you discover an emergency situation or observe something suspicious, call 911
  • If you are assigned emergency response duties, execute your responsibilities
  • Depending on the situation, evacuate or shelter-in-place. Absent official instructions, use best judgment
  • Protect yourself. Do not jeopardize yourself or others attempting to save property
  • Assist others, but do not exceed your training or knowledge rendering first aid
  • If you are a designated employee for your unit, be ready to support continuity operations

Be Informed

Accurate information about impending or actual threats or emergencies can literally mean the difference between life and death.

Emergency Notification

The University employs a range of technological solutions to alert the community to emergency situations as quickly as possible. Emergency alerts are reserved for critical incidents that pose an imminent threat to the health and safety of the University community. You may be alerted in several ways:

Sign up for U.Va. Alerts. You can add a significant other or family member's cell phone number and/or email if you'd like them to receive alerts as well.

Situation Updates

While the most emergent messages will be available on the University's homepage (, the official source for the most current and detailed information is this site ( Schedule change information will also be posted on the emergency page, and detailed information can be obtained by going to the Operations Status Board