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.)
Information on Drought Restrictions
Stage 1 – Drought Watch
- Voluntary water restrictions are initiated.
- Watering of outside vegetation conducted only between 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. only as necessary to preserve plant life.
Stage 2 – Drought Warning
- Washing of automobiles, trucks, or trailers can only occur at the following locations:
- Clean Machine – 101 Riverbend Drive (Pantops)
- Car Lovers – 1099 E. Rio Road
- C-ville Laser Wash – 2235 Seminole Lane
- Jiffy Car Wash – 2088 Berkmar Drive
- The washing of sidewalks, streets, driveways and other exterior buildings is prohibited.
- The watering of outside trees, plants, shrubs, and gardens are prohibited; unless necessary to preserve plant life in which a non-leaking hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle.
- The use of ornamental fountains or other structures with similar use of water is prohibited.
- Filling or topping off of pools requiring more than five (5) gallons of water is prohibited with out approval.
- Drinking water will only be served by request at restaurants.
- Fire Hydrants will only be used for fire suppression.
- The use of water through an exclusion meter shall be prohibited.
Stage 3 – Drought Emergency
- All water leaks on customers’ piping shall be repaired within three (3) business days after notification by the ACSA.
- All outdoor watering is PROHIBITED.
- Businesses, institutions, and governmental agencies will reduce water usage by twenty percent (20%).
- Emergency water rates designed to drive down water use shall be enacted.
- All previously granted exemptions from stage 2 are cancelled.
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
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: