• Planning for and Meeting Disasters

    The office of Safety and Emergency Preparedness helps the University plan for, mitigate, respond, and recover from emergencies, both manmade and natural.  

For Students: Safety Starts with You

Begin by taking responsibility for your safety and the well-being of others in your community.  When going out at night, develop and follow through a plan with your friends for getting home safely.  Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts.  If you or a friend ever needs help, call 911.  The police want you to call.

Become familiar with all the resources the University offers in this Staying Safe Tip Sheet.


For Faculty & Staff: General Preparedness

Make sure to familiarize yourself with:

  • Your office, workspace or classrooms
    • Identify the location of the closest emergency equipment (fire extinguishers, AEDs, first aid kits, etc.)
    • Identify two emergency exit routes out of the office, workspace or classrooms
  • Your building's emergency plan
  • Your department's continuity of operations plan


For Parents: Educating Your Student about Personal Responsibility

While it is impossible to predict every emergency that could occur, the following information offers a general guide to help you plan ahead and understand how the University communicates with students and parents when emergencies and critical incidents occur. 

The Parents' FAQ includes information on emergency planning and emergency alerts, while this Tip Sheet, distributed to students every year, lists numerous resources that the University and community make available to help keep students safe.  The document includes phone numbers, other communication tools, and many common safety reminders. It is important that you talk to your student about the increased responsibility for personal safety that she or he will assume while living in Charlottesville.