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.)
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
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: