Emergency Communications

Emergency Notification Endpoints


The University uses several "endpoints" to alert the community to an imminent threat. Members of the public can opt-in to receive UVA text alerts. See the UVA Alerts for the Public site.

  • Students, faculty, and staff with a valid @virginia.edu account automatically receive an email alert.
  • To receive text alerts, students, faculty, and staff should register their phone number at uvaemergency.virginia.edu/uva-alerts.
  • The general public can self-subscribe to receive UVA text alerts. See the UVA Alerts for the Public site for details.
  • Desktop Alerts: This application displays an alert notification as a pop-up window or a ticker banner. The Alertus app is already installed on all UVA Health computers. UVA members can download at uvaemergency.virginia.edu/install-alertus-desktop-messaging.
  • Twitter: UVA Alerts are re tweeted to these Twitter handles: @UVA_EM and @UVAPolice. Follow us to receive alerts and regular safety information.
  • Monitors/TVs (LCD screens): Displays in common areas across Grounds.
  • Emergency Notification Displays (LED clocks): Displays in large classrooms.
  • The UVA Emergency Management homepage: Displays the alert.(virginia.edu/emergency)
  • The University homepage: Displays the alert.(virginia.edu)
  • The University Police homepage: Displays the alert (uvapolice.virginia.edu).
  • Guardian Safety App: will push a notification to subscribers who keep notifications turned "on."
  • Sirens: Indicates that there is an imminent threat to the University community. If you are outside and hear the siren and audible announcement, follow the announced instructions. If the audible announcement cannot be understood, immediately check your cell phone and email for a UVA Alert.
  • Overhead Announcements: The UVA Contact Center may provide overhead announcements in some buildings within the UVA Medical Center. These announcements are identical to the alerts communicated via email, SMS text, LED screens, web pages, social media, and over sirens when they are activated.

(Fire alarms are used to alert persons of imminent threat and the need to immediately evacuate a building, but they are not integrated with the UVA Alert system.)