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.
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.)
Prepare for Hurricanes
- Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify a hurricane.
- Hurricane Watch: a hurricane is possible in your area (within the next 48 hours). Be prepared to evacuate. Monitor weather-alerting radios and local radio and television news outlets for information.
- Hurricane Warning: a hurricane is expected in your area (within the next 36 hours). If local authorities advise you to evacuate, leave immediately.
- Evacuation order: This is the most important instruction people affected by hurricanes will receive. If issued, leave immediately.
- Make a Plan
- Build or restock your basic disaster supplies kit, including food and water, a flashlight, batteries, chargers, cash, and first aid supplies.
- Consider buying flood insurance.
- Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there should you need to get to higher ground or to evacuate.
- Stay tuned to local wireless emergency alerts, TV, or radio for weather updates, emergency instructions, or evacuation orders.
- Prepare to secure your property (see the graphic below for tips)
1. Have a Plan
2. Provide Proper Housing & Shelter
3. Have an Evacuation Plan
4. Know Basic First Aid for Your Animals
5. Provide & Store Water for at Least 3 Days
6. Have Enough Food for at Least 3 Days
7. Have Proper Documentation & Identification
Additional Resources Pet Preparedness: Livestock Preparedness:
Take a look at these links for more information on making sure you and your animals are prepared in an emergency: