The severe weather that sent University of Virginia fans scurrying from Scott Stadium a few weeks ago has prompted the university to update its emergency communications.
Now, fans who attend UVA football games can receive text messages alerting them to changes as they are happening. UVA also updated emergency communications on Facebook and Twitter.
"If we get severe weather - lightening specifically - that might be within the area of the stadium, we will give an alert to the fans that there is severe weather in the area and as that storm might move closer," said Jason Bauman, associate athletic director at UVA.
Thirteen weather shelters are set up between Scott Stadium and the parking lots during football games.
To receive game day text alerts, text "FBalerts" to 79516.
The following email from Craig Littlepage, director of athletics at UVA, details the communication system. Read the full message below:
Thank you for your support of Virginia football. The safety of our fans, student-athletes, coaches, and staff is a top priority. The storm and evacuation of Scott Stadium on Aug. 31 helped us identify a number of ways to improve our Emergency Communication Plan the next time a similar situation occurs. Listed below are several communication initiatives that will be in place for all future home football games.
1. We have implemented a text message program that enables fans to receive text message alerts in the event of an emergency situation, including severe weather. To enroll in this program, please text "FBalerts" to 79516. This text message system will only be used for emergency notifications. Standard text message rates for your individual mobile plan apply. To cancel enrollment, text "STOP" to 79516.
2. Fans will receive information about the emergency situation through public address announcements, Hoo Vision (Scott Stadium's large screen video display), local radio stations AM 1070 WINA and FM 97.5 3WV, VirginiaSports.com, Twitter (@VirginiaSports and @UVa_Football), and Facebook (VirginiaCavaliers).
3. Hoo Vision will display the location of emergency shelters in the immediate vicinity of Scott Stadium that are available for fans to seek shelter. Each shelter will be identified by signage on site. Click here to view a sample of the signage and a map of the identified shelters in the vicinity of Scott Stadium.
4. We will send an email notification of the emergency situation to the account we have on file to everyone who has purchased tickets to the game. This email will outline where fans can seek shelter and the best ways to stay informed. We will also send an email once a restart time or suspension / cancellation for the game has been established.
We will continue to review and refine our Emergency Communication Plan to improve our service in the future. If you would like to offer feedback on your experience, please send an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks again for your support of Virginia football. We look forward to seeing you at Scott Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 21 for our home game against VMI.
Thursday, December 12 2013 5:57 PM EST2013-12-12 22:57:02 GMT
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