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The Office of Emergency Management instills a culture of preparedness while enhancing and improving the disaster resiliency of the University by mitigating against, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies.

Meet the Lert

No one knows the true origin of Kurt the Lert. Some say he’s the result of an experiment gone wrong in Gottwald; some say he rose from Westhampton Lake. But what we do know is he seems to look like many of the different animals you might see around campus, all rolled into one. You can see some deer, fox, duck, and squirrel, and maybe a little superhero in there. But the most important thing is that he is alert. He’s prepared for any hazard he may encounter — whether it’s ice and snow or wind and tornadoes, Kurt the Lert is ready.

Are you alert?

Kurt the Lert


Lightning strikes during thunderstorms kill more Americans each year than either tornadoes or hurricanes. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors.


Brittany Schaal
(804) 289-8855 

Public Safety Department
UR Police
Environmental Health and Safety
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Are You Alert?