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"Take 3" Minutes Now for Safety



Emergencies can happen unexpectedly, and everyone needs to be prepared to act in an emergency. Please TAKE 3 minutes now to consider these three things:

  • How you will be notified in an emergency
  • Where you would evacuate from your office, class, clinic, lab or residence
  • Where you would shelter in place in your office, class, clinic, lab or residence


  • UVA Alerts: You will receive an SMS text message or email if you are signed up for UVA Alerts.
  • Alertus Desktop Notification: Alertus Desktop Notification software has been installed on all classroom computers and is available for you to install on your personal desktop/laptop computer. If your computer is on, the emergency message will display the alert. We encourage you to download Alertus to your personal computer/laptop.
  • If you have a University email, you will receive an email alert.
  • If you are outside, you may hear a siren followed by a public address message detailing the emergency event and giving brief instructions. This will be repeated three times. (You can preview the sounds of the siren and all-clear horn).
  • LED: If you are in a large classroom, you may hear a tone and see the alert message on an LED screen.
  • LCD: If you are in a common area, you may see the alert message on an LCD screen.
  • UVA Emergency page: The alert message and any updates will be posted on UVA's Emergency page at



  • Evaluate the situation and choose the most appropriate shelter location. For example:
    • Severe weather/earthquake: lowest interior space away from windows.
    • Violence: secure, enclosed space, behind solid objects and away from doors.
  • Move to shelter and take personal items if space allows.
  • Remain sheltered until instructed that it is safe to leave.
  • If safe to do so, monitor news sites for the latest information.


If you work in the Academic Division, see the Emergency Procedures Poster below to ensure that you know what to do in an emergency. If you would like more information or training, email with your questions or contact information.

If you work in the Health System, see your Red Book for emergency response information and consult the Fire Prevention Response Plan. If you would like more information or training, please email

Emergency Procedures Poster