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Take 3 Minutes to Be Aware

September 20, 2018
All Students
Patricia M. Lampkin, Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer

Dear Students:

Being prepared is one of the best ways to ensure safety during an emergency. Please "Take 3" minutes to review this important information from the Office of Safety and Emergency Preparedness.


Patricia M. Lampkin
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer

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

  • How you will be notified in an emergency¬†
  • Where you would evacuate from your office, classroom, or residence¬†
  • Where you would shelter in place in your office, classroom, or residence


  • You will receive a text message or email if you are signed up for UVA Alerts.
  • You will receive a desktop emergency alert if Alertus Desktop Notification is installed on your desktop/laptop and your computer is connected to the UVA network. We encourage you to download Alertus if you don't already have it. (Alertus Desktop Notification software is automatically installed on all classroom and Health System computers.)
  • You will receive an email alert If you are a current student, staff, or faculty member with a UVA account.
  • If you are outside, you may hear a siren followed by a public address message. This will be repeated three times. (You can preview the sounds of the siren and all-clear horn).
  • If you are in a large classroom, you may hear a tone and see an alert message on an LED screen; if you are in a common area, you may see the alert message on an LCD screen.
  • The alert message will be posted on UVA's home page and Emergency page and @UVASafety on Twitter.



  • Evaluate the situation and choose the most appropriate shelter. For example:
  • Severe weather/tornado: lowest interior space away from windows.
  • Violence: a secure, enclosed space, behind solid objects and away from doors.
  • Remain sheltered until instructed that it is safe to leave.
  • Many patient care areas in the Medical Center are designated as shelter in place; refer to the unit Red Book and know your plan.
  • If safe to do so, monitor news sites for the latest information.


If you work in the Academic Division, view and print the Emergency Procedures poster to ensure that you know what to do in the event of various types of emergencies. If you would like more information or training, email

If you work in the Medical Center, see your Red Book for emergency response information. If you would like more information or training, email

Emergency Procedures poster