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UVA Alert System Test, June 29th

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. The University of Virginia will test all components of the emergency notification system on Tuesday, June 29, from 10:50 am -11:05 am.

The test will include UVA’s siren and public address system, which reaches across Grounds to neighboring streets. 

Before the Test 
Faculty, students, and staff should take a minute to check your UVA Alerts account to add mobile numbers (and additional email addresses).

NEW! Persons without a UVA email can self-subscribe to receive UVA Alerts via text by texting “UVA” to 226787.

During the Test
At approximately 10:50 am, you will receive a test message(s) through one or more of the channels below:

  • Email – All current students, faculty, staff, and UVA Health Team Members with a valid UVA email account will automatically receive an email.
  • Text – Faculty, staff, and students who enter their mobile numbers to their UVA Alert account will receive a text. 
  • Twitter – @UVA_EM and  @UVAPolice will tweet the Alert.
  • Digital Screens – Screens in public areas will display a test message.
  • LED screens in classrooms will display a test message and sound a tone
  • Online – Users on the UVA homepage or the UVA emergency homepage will see a test message.
  • Desktop – Everyone who has installed Alertus software and is connected to the UVA network will see a test message. (Alertus is automatically installed on all classroom and UVA Health-imaged computers.)
  • Siren and Public Address - The siren and public address system can be heard from many outdoor locations on and near Grounds. 
  • VOCERA Badge and App – Select VOCERA badges and phone applications in UVA Health will receive an alert test message.  

When the Test is Over
At approximately 11:05 am you will receive an "all clear" message(s).   

Real Emergency

Do you know what to do in a real emergency


Contact Emergency Management at or 434-982-0565. 
If you have questions about the UVA Medical Center emergency notification system, contact UVA Medical Center Emergency Management at or 434-982-3196.