August 8, 2007
About 6,400 UVa Students and Faculty have signed up to receive free text message alerts if an emergency occurs on campus.
UVa and other campuses across the country are offering those free text alerts to keep students informed and ready to handle an emergency.
"I think it's one of a number of ways we're trying to reach all of our students and all members of our community as quickly as we can in the event of an emergency. And it's one tool, but it's a new tool that's being used and it seems to be one that is catching on" said UVa Representative Jeff Hannah.
There are 20,000 students at The University of Virginia.
To sign up for your own alert: