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UVA Successfully Tests Emergency Alert System

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. On June 29, the University successfully tested all components of its emergency notification system -- including UVA's siren and public address system, which reaches across Grounds to neighboring streets. 

During the test, emails were deployed to some 83,866 UVA faculty, students, and staff; and text messages were delivered to 21, 527 SMS devices. The test was also sent to three twitter accounts and three websites (,, and Ninety-eight LED emergency notification displays, 69 digital signs, and 2,433 desktops were activated during the test. Select VOCERA badges and phone applications in UVA Health were activated.

For safety, the University encourages everyone to take a moment to consider and practice what to do in a real emergency.

For questions about the test, contact UVA Emergency Management at or 434-982-0565. For questions about the UVA Medical Center emergency notification system, contact UVA Medical Center Emergency Management at or 434-982-3196.