Past Notices & Alerts

Sent by sms/email to employees and students on March 20, 2014 at 11:06 a.m.
All Clear: Tornado drill is completed

This concludes the test of the UVa-Wise Tornado Drill and emergency notification system.

Sent by sms/email to employees and students on March 20, 2014 at 11 a.m.
Tornado Drill

This is a test. Tornado Warning. Shelter inside away from windows. This is a test.

Sent by email on March 19, 2014 to employees and students --
Tornado drill set for March 20 at 11 a.m.

Since Virginia's statewide tornado exercise was held during spring break, UVa-Wise will participate in a tornado drill on Thursday, March 20 at 11 a.m. You will receive notification from one or more of the following methods: text, phone, siren, web or email. During the drill, people should go immediately to the lowest level of their building and move to a windowless interior room, hallway or closet space, taking a “drop, cover and hold” position.  This means crouching as low as possible to the floor, facing down and covering heads with hands. We will issue an "all clear" a few minutes later to signal the end of the drill.



Sent by email/SMS/voice/web on January 23, 2013 to campus students, faculty and staff (approximate times below):

"Hunker down; gunman on campus" - 9:27pm

"Lockdown continued.  Alleged gunman on campus.  Stay put!  Lock all doors until further notice!" - 10:08pm

"All Clear - Lockdown LIFTED" - 11:01pm

Sent by email on January 23, 2013 to campus students, faculty and staff at 2:48pm EST.

Faculty, Staff and Students,

Effective February 1, 2013 the 328-COPS line will only be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for all non-emergencies. In the event of an actual emergency dial 911. For all non-emergencies after hours, please use the following numbers:

Before 7 p.m., residential students should call their community coordinators, after 7 p.m. students should contact the resident advisers on duty

Physical Plant: (276) 973-5513

Wise County Sheriff’s Office (non-emergency) 276-328-3756

In the event of an emergency at anytime and anywhere on campus, students, faculty and staff should dial 911.

The change in the 328-COPS line comes from an initiative to increase safety on campus after incidents at other college and universities. Under the old phone system, there was no communication between Campus Police and other responders since a different communication frequency was being used. We had to get online and compatible with other police agencies, which increases the safety for the faculty, staff and students.


Steve McCoy 

Director of Public Safety
University of Virginia’s College at Wise
1 College Avenue
Wise, VA 24293

Phone: (276) 328-0190
Fax: (276) 376-1074



Sent by email on Sept 11, 2012 to campus students,faculty 
and staff at 3:24pm EST.

UVa-Wise Campus Community,

As you may know, UVa-Wise has implemented the AlertNow emergency notification system for the entire campus community. In the event of a campus crisis or emergency situation, this system will be used to notify you of the situation or event and give instructions on what to do and/or where to go for additional information.

To make sure everyone has the best and latest personal notification information in the AlertNow system, the College has developed a web page form to allow each campus community member to update their personal contact information for this emergency alert system. 

To insure that your latest contact information is in the AlertNow system, please visit as soon as possible and read the information there on how to login (with your email username [without] and password) and update your voice and SMS text numbers.  Please note that your cell plan's text messaging charges may apply.

Please know that this system will only be used in the event of a campus emergency situation.  

If you have any problems logging into the system, please email  

Thank you for your cooperation and have a great week!


J. Keith Fowlkes, M.A., M.B.A.
Vice Chancellor for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer
The University of Virginia's College at Wise
(276) 376-4578


March 20 is Virginia's Tornado Preparedness Day  -  March 19, 2012



(to all employees & students)

The Commonwealth of Virginia's Tornado Preparedness Day is Tuesday, March 20.  UVa-Wise is participating in the statewide tornado drill, scheduled to begin at 9:45 a.m. We will test our AlertNow text message, campus email, siren and web notification systems.
During the emergency notification system test you should:
Receive an AlertNow text message if you have signed up for the notification
Receive an e-mail on your campus account
See a test message on the UVa-Wise home page
Hear the siren if you are outdoors
You will receive an all clear message following the drill
You are now required to take any action during the drill, but we encourage you to plan how you would shelter from a tornado.
For further information, visit our emergency preparation webpage at
Familiarize yourself with terms that define a tornado hazard:
Tornado Watch: Conditions are favorable for a tornado to form.
Tornado Warning: A tornado has been sighted, is approaching, and you should shelter in place.
Prepare by determining shelter areas from a tornado in advance:
The safest place is in a basement.
If there is no basement, a center hallway, bathroom or closet on the lowest floor is optimal.
Avoid areas with windows.
If you do not have time to go to the lowest floor, pick a place in a hallway in the center of the building.
If you are outside, seek shelter in a sturdy building.
If there is no time to get into a building, lie down flat in a ditch or depression; facing down, cover your head with your hands and arms.
The locker rooms and restrooms on the bottom floor of the Slemp Student Center offer some protection if you are in that building during a tornado



Tornado Warning Notification - February 29, 2012

A tornado warning has been issued for Wise County.  If threatening weather approaches, please seek shelter indoors away from windows in the lower level of the building.  For additional information, please see .  Thank you.



Emergency Test Notification- September 29, 2011

UVa-Wise is conducting a test of our alert notification systems today, Sept. 29 at 10 a.m.  We are testing our campus siren, AlertNow, campus email and web site notification systems. In case of an actual emergency, you would receive additional information via our emergency notification systems throughout the event.

We encourage you to review the campus emergency information found online at and be aware of college preparedness procedures and contacts.
We will issue an “All Clear” at the end of the test today. If you have questions, please contact College Relations at 276-328-0130 or 276-376-1027.

Kathy Still
Director of News & Media Relations
1 College Ave.
Wise, Va. 24293



Sept. 20, 2011
Important message for our UVa-Wise Campus Community

(sent by email to all faculty, staff and students)

This is a follow-up reminder that if you have NOT signed up or updated your contact information for our UVa-Wise AlertNow system for campus emergency and inclement weather alerts, now is the time to sign up!  To sign up for these phone voice alerts and/or SMS text alerts, please visit 


We strongly encourage you will take advantage of this service of the College and keep yourself in the loop on emergency and weather-related closure notifications this year.  We also encourage you to review the College's emergency preparedness web site at and familiarize yourself with the information there.

Thank you and have a great day!
The UVa-Wise Crisis Management Team


Keith Fowlkes
Chair, Crisis Management Team
Vice Chancellor for Information Technology & CIO
(276) 376-4578

Joe Kiser
Director of College Services

Steve McCoy
UVa-Wise Chief of Police & Director of Public Safety

Chad Nodine
Director of the Physical Plant

Kathy Still
Director of News and Media Relations

Lora Williams
Safety Compliance Office
Department of Natural Sciences

Jewell Worley
Dean of Students

UVa-Wise to test SMS text messaging alerts on April 4, 2011

UVa-Wise will test its AlertNow text alert notification system at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 4, 2011.

If you have any questions, please contact Campus Police at 276-328-COPS or College Relations at 276-328-0130.

UVa-Wise to test emergency siren Feb. 9

UVa-Wise will test its emergency siren and AlertNow e-notification system at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011.

If you have any questions, please contact Campus Police at 276-328-COPS or College Relations at 276-328-0130.

UVa-Wise to test emergency siren Jan. 19

UVa-Wise will test its emergency siren at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 19, 2009.

If you have any questions, please contact Campus Police at 276-328-COPS or College Relations at 276-328-0130.


UVa-Wise to test emergency alert system Oct. 15-16

UVa-Wise will test its AlertNow emergency phone and e-mail alert system at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008.

The following day, on Thursday, Oct. 16, UVa-Wise will test its emergency siren at 10 a.m. This will include a College Web site alert.

Students, faculty and staff who have not updated their phone information in the AlertNow system should do so as soon as possible. Visit and log in using your UVa-Wise e-mail ID and password.

If you have any questions, please contact Campus Police at 276-328-COPS.

UVa-Wise to test emergency alert system at 1:30 p.m. July 10


UVa-Wise will test its emergency alert system at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 10, 2008. This will include a test of the campus siren alert system, a campus e-mail and a College Web site alert.

If you have any questions, please contact Campus Police at 276-328-COPS.


UVa-Wise to observe Tornado Preparedness Day with emergency alert test March 18


Virginia Governor Tim Kaine has proclaimed March 18, 2008, as Tornado Preparedness Day. In conjunction with the University of Virginia, UVa-Wise will test its emergency alert system at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2008.

You may have received or will receive e-mails from the University of Virginia of their tests that will be conducted in Charlottesville. You will receive these e-mails from the University as part of their test of the emergency e-mail notification. UVa-Wise will activate the emergency siren and campus alert system at 9:45 a.m. At this time, faculty, staff and students are reminded that during the event of an actual tornado, it is important to remember the following:

  • Brief discussion on staying inside buildings until notification of evacuation has been made
  • Stay away from all windows
  • If outside, seek shelter to avoid flying debris
  • Remain in safe location until otherwise notified by alert system
  • Do not use elevators
  • Do not use any open flames

If you have any questions, please contact Campus Police at 276-328-COPS.


Campus Wind Advisory - Feb. 17, 2008

Update: Feb. 19, 2008

The Dining Hall will resume normal operations in Cantrell Hall beginning with lunch today. Thank you for your patience and understanding during the interim arrangements.

Update: Feb. 18, 2008

Due to heavy rain and subsequent leaking, dining has been moved from the Cantrell Hall cafeteria. Until further notice, meals will be served in Cantrell Hall's private dining room (Cantrell 206) and the Grille, as well as the Chapel of All Faiths.

Feb. 17, 2008

At approximately 1 p.m. today, a wind shear removed the outer tin on the roof of Cantrell Hall.

No one was injured. All metal removed by the shear landed in a vacant construction site.

Campus police have marked off areas around the first-floor perimeter of Cantrell Hall. Students, faculty, staff and visitors on campus are urged to not cross into these areas marked off by campus police, and to enter Cantrell Hall only via the second-floor entrance.

Because of today's strong winds, all those on campus are advised to remain alert at all times and stay inside when possible.

Meals will continue to be served in Cantrell Hall. Students may be asked to dine in the private dining room (Cantrell 206) or the old Papa Joe's dining area, depending on the condition of the cafeteria dining area.

Crisis Management Team Update – Feb. 1, 2008
Gary Juhan, chair of the UVa-Wise Crisis Management Team, provides an update on the team’s progress. MORE>>

Crisis Management Team developing new emergency response and preparedness plan at UVa-Wise
The Crisis Management Team of The University of Virginia's College at Wise is currently developing a new emergency preparedness and response plan. The plan will allow the College to prepare for potential emergencies or crises and, in the event of an emergency or crisis, to safely and effectively respond to a critical incident while keeping in mind the best interests of the College's students, faculty and staff, their loved ones, and the surrounding community.

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