Welcome to the official website for joint emergency communications from the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and the University of Virginia. The City, County, and University, individually and collaboratively work to help prepare the local community for any possible emergency or critical incident and to communicate information in the event of an actual emergency or critical incident. This site offers links to timely information to help keep you, your family and/or business prepared for and informed during an emergency.

Register for Community Emergency Alerts

The Community Emergency Alert system is used by the Emergency Communications Center to notify residents and businesses of critical situations and provide information regarding necessary actions. With this system, a specific geographic area can be selected to send messages to those within that area. You can register to receive phone messages, text messages and e-mail messages in case of emergency. The system is TTY/TDD compatible.

You will know the call is from CodeRED Weather Warning when you see the telephone number 800-566-9780. Emergency Alert phone calls may also include numbers from an 866 area code.

Click ‘CodeRed’ below to sign up. Contact the Office of Emergency Management at 971-1263 or 970-1798 if you need help with registration for any reason (e.g., no computer, no e-mail, problems with the registration form, etc.)logos-ecn products_010313

Are You Prepared for Winter?

The Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Office of Emergency Management has designated December 3 through December 9 as Winter Preparedness Week. This is a great time to serve as a reminder to prepare now for winter weather.

The Office of Emergency Management encourages all citizens to take the following steps to become prepared.

Get a kit. Basic emergency supplies include:

  • Water (one gallon per person, per day)
  • Non-Perishable Food
  • Battery powered/hand-crank radio
  • Flashlight with extra batteries

Car Emergency Kit:

  • Ice Scraper
  • Sand or cat litter
  • Extra gloves, blanket, and jacket
  • Visitready.gov/kit for a complete emergency kit list

Make a plan. Everyone needs an emergency plan:

  • Decide who your out-of-town emergency contact will be
  • Where will you meet up with family members if you can’t return home?
  • Shelter-in-place or evacuate?
  • Get an emergency plan worksheet at ready.gov/make-a-plan

Stay informed. Before, during and after a winter storm, you should:

  • Listen to local media for up-to-date weather information
  • Listen to Emergency Officials for evacuation or shelter-in-place instructions
  • Be aware of winter storm watches and warnings
  • Enroll in the CodeRED Emergency Alert System to receive local weather alerts: https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/BF7B5552C1EC
  • Get road condition information 24/7 by calling 511 or checking 511Virginia.org

Download the Ready Virginia app. Free app for iPhone® and AndroidTM features:

  • Location-specific weather watches and warnings issued by the NWS
  • A customizable family emergency plan that can be easily shared
  • A checklist for gathering emergency supplies
  • “I’m Safe!” notification that allows users to quickly send a text message to let family and friends know they are safe


Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Mental Health Resources 

In the wake of the tragic incident that occurred on August 12th, a wide variety of resources are available to community members to help process and recover.

Region Ten: provides mental health services to community members

The Counseling Alliance of Virginia : will be offering complimentary group and individual counseling sessions through September

Resilient Charlottesville: a group of local mental health agencies and therapists will be providing free drop-in counseling at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library

On Our Own: is a peer support recovery center offering free group and walk-in peer support

The Charlottesville Free Clinic: offers free mental health support to qualifying individuals

The Women’s Initiative: provides mental health services to uninsured or underinsured women age 18 and over

Partner for Mental Health: offers mental health services


Pet Preparedness


1. Have a Plan

      • Plan ahead: talk to your neighbors, and see if they would be willing to take care of your pet if you are unable to do so
      • Know emergency phone numbers for pet care, medications, and boarding
      • Winter can be a good time to get your pets yearly wellness exam taken care of – cold weather can worsen some medical conditions such as arthritis
      • Based on the weather, you may need to shorten walks outside or provide a sweater for short-haired pets
      • For dairy cattle, know milk pick-up policy during inclement weather

2. Provide Proper Housing & Shelter

      • Many Shelters are not able to accept pets; plan for this ahead of time and understand nearby shelter policies
      • Bring pets indoors immediately in inclement weather
      • For livestock, have plenty of dry bedding to insulate vulnerable udders, genitals and legs from the frozen ground and frigid winds
      • Make sure to winterize any buildings that livestock might take shelter in; check roof structure and stability under snow accumulation and repair any leaks

3. Have an Evacuation Plan

      • Have any carriers, trailers, leashes, pet seat-belts, and harnesses necessary to transport your animals
      • Having your animals be accustomed to vehicle or trailer travel will make an evacuation easier
      • If your animals require a trailer to be moved, make sure you have either a trailer or access to one which you have worked out ahead of time, and personnel able to drive and maneuver it

4. Know Basic First Aid for Your Animals

      • Be aware of temperature related health dangers to your animals:
      • For Livestock:
        • Animals suffering from frostbite don’t exhibit pain. It may be up to two weeks before the injury becomes evident as the damaged tissue starts to slough away. At that point, the injury should be treated as an open wound and a veterinarian should be consulted.
      • For Household pets:
        • Ingesting anti-freeze can be fatal for your dog or cat. If you spill some, soak it up immediately
        • After a walk outside, wipe down pets’ feet so that they don’t like off and ingest any dangerous chemicals from salt or antifreeze on the street
        • Pets can get frostbite very easily on the ears, tail and paws. If your pet goes outdoors, be aware of the temperature and wind chill. Signs of frostbite include white, waxy, or pale appearance of affected areas with cold skin, sloughing, and loss of feeling
        • hypothermia is when the core temperature drops too low and brain functions are impaired. Signs of this include extreme shivering, slow or shallow breathing, blue or pale gums, or the animal being unresponsive.
        • If you believe your pet is suffering from hypothermia, slowly warm them starting with their core (not extremities)
        • Do not give your pet anything hot to drink; warm broth or food is much better.
      • Also, be aware of General first aid for your pet
        • https://www.avma.org/public/EmergencyCare/Pages/Basic-Pet-First-Aid-Procedures.aspx
      • If your pet has any medical conditions which require medication, make sure you understand its administration and ideally have a 2 week extra supply.

5. Provide & Store Water for at Least 3 Days

      • Make sure that you have stored water and a container for your pet to drink out of
      • As a general guideline, a healthy dog should drink between 1/2 and 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight every day.
      • Cats generally require .7 to 1 oz of water per pound of body weight each day, including any water from food.
        • If you feed your cat wet food, it can be as much as 80% water, decreasing the amount of fluid water your cat will need.
      • Livestock needs vary greatly, but cattle can range anywhere from 4-21 gallons per head per day.
      • If you have an outdoor source of water for cattle, make sure that it remains unfrozen, and place sand or other gritty material on feedlots to give the cattle good footing on icy surface.

6. Have Enough Food for at Least 3 Days

      • Canned or moist food is a good choice because it will provide some hydration for your pet
      • Make sure that you are storing the food in airtight and waterproof cans or containers
      • Have a can-opener, or any other implements necessary to open the food container
      • Cattle roughly require 2 pounds of dry feed for every 100 pounds of body weight. However, in winter conditions, cows may require up to 20% more feed to remmain healthy.

7. Have Proper Documentation & Identification

      • Make sure your animal has tags with your contact information on them
      • Consider microchip tagging, especially for outdoor pets
      • Have all proof of ownership materials like registration, proof of purchase, adoption records, microchip information, and veterinary records easily available
      • Make sure that vaccination records are included in this
      • Have a current photograph of you with your animal for identification purposes should you be separated

Additional Resources

 Take a look at these links for more information on making sure you and your animals are prepared in an emergency:

Pet Preparedness:

Livestock Preparedness: