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Operating Status: Adjusted

Current information and FAQs about the fall semester are available on the Return to Grounds website. 

Take 3 Minutes for Safety

Research shows that practicing our response to an emergency before it happens increase our chances of survival. Take 3 minutes for personal safety awareness to consider how you would react in the case of an emergency. The Emergency Procedures Poster can help.


  • All current students, faculty, staff, and UVA Health Team Members with an active email address will automatically receive an email from UVA Alerts.
  • You can also receive a text message by going into your UVA Alert account and adding your mobile phone. 
  • You will receive a desktop ticker alert if Alertus Desktop Notification is installed on your desktop/laptop and your computer is connected to the UVA network. Download Alertus here. (Alertus software is automatically installed on all classroom and UVA Health computers.)
  • If you are in a classroom, you may hear a tone and see an alert message on an LED screen; if you are in a public space, you may see the alert message on an LCD screen.
  • If you download the LiveSafe app, you will receive Notifications and other important Alerts.
  • In some Medical Center buildings, you may hear an overheard announcement.
  • Select VOCERA badges and phone applications in UVA Health division will receive an alert test message.The alert message will be posted on UVA's home page and emergency page and @UVA_EM, @UVAPolice, and @HoosSafe on Twitter.


  • Leave via the nearest safe and accessible exit. (Make a habit of noticing exits in your surroundings, remembering that windows can be escape routes.)
  • Never use an elevator.
  • Take personal belongings (keys, wallet, etc.), but do not delay. 
  • Assemble in your designated evacuation location so you can be accounted for and receive updates.
  • Locate designated evacuation sites for University office buildings/classrooms and residence halls.
  • Follow the directions of police and fire responders. In the absence of instruction, use your best judgment.
  • If you are unable to exit, move to a designated area of refuge and alert someone of your location.


  • Evaluate the situation and choose the most appropriate shelter. For example:
    • Tornado – go to the lowest interior space away from windows.
    • Violence – find a secure, enclosed space, behind solid objects and away from doors.
  • Remain sheltered until you are instructed it’s safe to leave.
  • If you can, monitor news sites for the latest information.
  • Many patient care areas in the Medical Center are designated as Shelter in Place; refer to the unit Red Book/Emergency Procedures and know your plan.


If you work in the Academic Division, view and print the Emergency Procedures poster with safety instructions for many types of emergencies. If you’d like more information or training, email

If you work for UVA Health, read your Red Book/Emergency Procedures for emergency response information. If you would like more information or training, email