Emergency Preparedness

Please TAKE 3 minutes as you meet with your classes this term and indicate:

  1. How you will be Notified in an emergency.
  2. Where you would Evacuate.
  3. Where you would Shelter in Place.

Notifying your class:

  • If you are signed up for UVA Alerts, you will receive notification via a SMS text message or e-mail. If you have not signed up, you can sign up now.
  • Alertus Desktop Notification software has been installed on all classroom computers; if on, it will override any program you may be in and the alert will be displayed. We encourage you to download Alertus to your personal computer/laptop.
  • If in an auditorium with an LED clock display, you will receive the alert over that device.  
  • If you have none of these notification tools, ask two persons (a primary and a back-up) who have UVA Alerts to monitor their messages and report an alert at once. 


  • Leave using the nearest exit or an alternate if nearest exit is not accessible.
  • Never use an elevator.
  • Take personal belongings (keys, purse, wallet, phone, etc.) but do not delay your exit in doing so. 
  • If applicable, follow procedures to secure hazardous materials or equipment before leaving.
  • Once outside, go to the designated assembly area. Designated evacuation sites can be found at this web site.
  • If unable to exit, move to a predetermined area of refuge.

Shelter in Place:

  • Evaluate the situation and choose the most appropriate shelter location, for example:
    • Severe weather/earthquake: lowest interior space away from windows.
    • Violence: secure, enclosed space, behind solid objects and away from door.
  • If applicable, follow procedures to secure hazardous materials or equipment before proceeding to predetermined shelter area.
  • Move to shelter, and take personal items if space allows.
  • Remain sheltered until instructed it is safe to leave.
  • If safe to do so, monitor news sites for the latest information. 
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