Your chances of surviving an emergency increase if you plan your response before an emergency occurs. On behalf of the Department of Safety and Security, I invite you to "Take 3" minutes to consider how to be safe in your office, classroom, residence or lab.
Gloria S. Graham
Associate Vice President for Safety and Security
DOWNLOAD UVA'S FREE SAFETY APP, STARTS JUNE 2019.
TAKE 3 minutes as you begin this semester to consider these things:
HOW WILL I KNOW IF THERE'S AN EMERGENCY?
- Email from UVA Alerts to all current student, staff and faculty with a valid virginia.edu email.
- Text message if you have added your phone to receive texts from UVA Alerts.
- Desktop emergency alert through Alertus Desktop Notification; requires installation. Software is automatically installed on all classroom and Health System computers.
- Siren followed by a public address message. You can preview the sounds.
- Tone and alert message on LED clock and alert message on LCD screen.
- Posts to UVA's homepage and emergency page
- Tweets to @UVASafety and @UVAPolice on Twitter.
HOW DO I EVACUATE?
- Never use an elevator.
- Take personal belongings (keys, wallet, etc.), but don't delay.
- Report to the designated assembly area. Find designated evacuation sites for general University buildings and classrooms and evacuation sites for residence halls.
- Follow directions of professional responders.
- In the absence of instruction, use your best judgment.
- If you can't evacuate, wait in a designated area of refuge. Notify someone you are there.
HOW DO I SHELTER IN PLACE?
- Choose the most appropriate shelter based on the situation:
- Severe weather/tornado > go to lowest interior space away from windows.
- Violence > find a secure, enclosed space; behind solid objects,away from doors.
- Remain sheltered until instructed to leave.
- If safe to do so, 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 and know your plan.
WHERE CAN I GET TRAINING?
If you work in the Medical Center, see your Red Book for emergency response information. If you would like more information or training, email EmergencyManagement@virginia.edu.