Weekly Safety Tips

WEEKLY SAFETY TIPS

Three consecutive governors have ordered increasing levels of preparedness and encouraged and expected a culture of preparedness in the Commonwealth of Virginia (COV) workforce. The culture is supposed to encompass more than the deployed security staff. That is to say it is not just up to the police, and any employees whose primary job descriptions designate their security and safety responsibilities. So the expectation of all of us as employees and members of the college community of the COV is that we are ready and during an emergency we will respond with initiative and leadership to protect the students, faculty, staff and property of the COV.

Not only must this institution be prepared, students, faculty and staff must be prepared. You must be mentally preparedYou must be an engaged and active learner.

Week of March 27, 2017

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). 

This week’s safety tip is about automated external defibrillators – or AEDs. AEDs are a proven and effective way to save a life during a cardiac emergency.  Almost anyone can operate one.

What is an AED? An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. When this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs.

According to the NIH, 95% of people who have SCA die from it—most within minutes. Rapid treatment of SCA with an AED can be lifesaving. SCA usually causes death if it's not treated within minutes. In fact, each minute of SCA leads to a 10 percent reduction in survival. Using an AED on a person who is having SCA may save the person's life. 

Did you know that here at PVCC, we have 7 AEDs distributed throughout our Main Campus? AEDs are located near the receptionist’s desk in the Main Building, in the 200 Wing near the Business Division Office (Room 270), in the 800 Wing near the Human Resources Office (Room 810), in the Dickinson Building near the Humanities Division Office (Room 317), in the Stultz Center near the entrance and in the Keats Science Building near the 100 and 200 hallways.

Would you know how to use one of them in an emergency situation? Here is a link to walk you through the use of one of the AEDs on PVCC's campus: Phillips HeartStart AED Video 

To learn more about heart rhythms and AEDs, visit The National Institute of Health

Week of March 20, 2017

e2Campus Emergency Alert System

This week’s safety tip is about how to sign up for e2Campus emergency alert system.

In the event of an emergency or inclement weather, it’s essential for PVCC students and staff to get timely and correct information regarding school closings or delays.

Signing up for e2Campus is a fast, free and easy way to have alert messages sent directly to your phone, laptop or other mobile device.

It only takes a couple minutes to sign up, and you can register two text-enabled cell phones and two email addresses.

Week of March 13, 2017

Tornado Drill Scheduled

PVCC will participate in a statewide tornado drill on Tuesday, March 21. The drill will take place at 9:45 a.m. All buildings on the Main Campus will be involved in the Tornado Drill. This includes the Main Building, the Keats Science Building, the Dickinson Building, and the Stultz Center. In addition, PVCC satellite centers at the Jefferson School Center and the Giuseppe Center in Greene County will also be participating. All faculty, staff, and students are required to take part in the drill. 

The drill will commence with an announcement sent out via the campus PA system. Alerts will also be sent out via the Alertus desktop computer notification system, PVCC's social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter, and the college website. Please note that the e2campus emergency alert text system will NOT be used for this drill.

Once the drill has been announced, students, staff, and faculty are expected to take shelter in a designated shelter area. Designated areas include:

Dickinson Building (400 College Drive): Rooms: D102, D106, D129, D130, D132, D222, D223, D226

Keats Science Building (490 College Drive): Upper and Lower Level Hallways; Restrooms

Main Building (501 College Drive): Rooms: M155, M158, M159, M160, M174, M175, M248, M249, M251, M607, M701, M813, M822, M823, M832, M834, M849, M850

Stultz Center (600 College Drive): Rooms: S100, S101, S109, S111, S113, S119, S131

Instructions for the drill will be sent out via PVCC email and can be found on the “PVCC Emergency Procedures” poster displayed in each classroom on Main Campus and throughout all campus buildings.

For more information about the statewide drill, visit www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/stayinformed/tornadoes. For a full list of college emergency procedures, visit www.pvcc.edu/student-services/security-safety/emergency-procedures.

Week of February 27, 2017

Zika Virus

Traveling for Spring Break? There are some things you need to know about Zika. Zika is a disease primarily spread by mosquitoes, but Zika can also be passed through sex from a person who has Zika to his or her sex partners.

Zika isn’t just a concern when traveling. There were many reports last year regarding the Zika virus outbreak in Florida, but did you know there are 113 confirmed cases in Virginia?

Below are links to helpful information regarding the Zika virus, and what you can do to prevent contracting and spreading the disease.

Travel related information from the CDC

Zika in the United States

Preparation before, during, and after your trip

Tips from Virginia’s State Health Commissioner

 

Week of February 20, 2017

Credit Card/Bank Card Skimming

Credit card/bank card skimming is a method thieves use to steal your credit card information. Skimming is a new crime that doesn’t just happen in large metropolitan areas. Skimming thefts have recently occurred in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

Skimmers are hidden on gas pumps and ATM machines, where your credit card information is copied from the magnetic strip on the card. Cameras are also used at ATM’s to copy your PIN. Once the card information is captured, thieves can make fraudulent purchases using your information.

We have included several links in this week’s tip, as there is much to learn about skimming and many useful tips to prevent it from happening to you.

The Daily Progress: http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/local/sneaky-skimmers-authorities-explain-what-card-data-stealers-look-like/article_d512db34-c654-11e6-89fe-339685221035.html

NBC29: http://www.nbc29.com/story/34074973/police-investigating-card-skimming-cases-in-charlottesville-albemarle

ABC News: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/Business/story?id=7434509&page=1

Week of February 13, 2017

Bystander Intervention

We can all play a role in preventing violence by practicing effective bystander intervention. Simply put, bystander intervention is taking responsibility for getting involved when we see a situation that could cause potential harm. We know that by speaking up, stepping in, or calling for help we have the potential to change a dangerous escalating situation. Bystander intervention involves much more than just reacting when there is a threat of physical danger or bodily harm. It also involves stopping comments and jokes that glorify sexual violence, or that degrade women or sexual orientation. It might also mean that you pay attention when someone has consumed too much alcohol and help them get to a safe place.

More information on bystander intervention can be found on the PVCC SAFE web page.

Week of February 6, 2017


This week’s safety tip is about making way for emergency vehicles.

It is the law for ALL drivers to yield the right-of-way to an ambulance, fire truck or police vehicle when you hear sirens and see flashing lights. When you see an emergency vehicle approaching, you should:

  • Remain calm
  • Slow down
  • Move to the right-hand side of the road
  • Stop, if possible

Always be aware of your surroundings and do not play your radio so loudly that you can't hear your sirens. The next time you see an emergency vehicle approaching, do the right thing and move to the right.

More information can be found at the links below.

LAPD PSA - Move to the right: https://www.facebook.com/thelapd/videos/1556486144380256/

Emergency vehicles show 'close calls,' urge drivers to pull over: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNNir4B7ZMY

 

Week of January 30, 2017

 

If you SEE something SAY something

We are all a part of a community that protects each other. If you see something that you feel may affect the safety or security at PVCC, or may disrupt the educational process, please fill out an incident report form. After receiving your report, a group of trained professionals from across campus will review your report and determine what needs to be done. Never hesitate to report a concern.  

I don’t know if I should report what I observed.

We understand. Sometimes it can be tough to report something. Typical behaviors that should be reported include, but are not limited to:

·        Disruptive behavior

·        Concerning behavior

·        Possession of a weapon or weapons on campus

·        Emotionally troubled individuals

·        Depression, excessive anxiety, self-destructive behavior

·        Hostile, threatening or aggressive behavior

·        Alarming references or infatuation with fires, firearms or bombs

·        Acts motivated by hatred or discrimination

·        Alcohol or drug abuse

·        Drastic, unexpected behavior change

·        Threats of any kind (verbal, written, electronic communication, social media)

Individuals are expected to use their judgment as to what should be reported, erring on the side of over-reporting, when in doubt.  

How to Report

CALL 911 if violence is imminent or is occurring.

Report an incident (Incident Reporting Form)

You may choose to complete the incident report anonymously or provide your name and contact information. You may be contacted by a member of the assessment team in order to gather additional information about your concern. Please be aware that your communication may be subject to review through FERPA or other laws governing communications.

You may also contact the Campus Police at 434-981-6362 (cell) or you may contact the Dean of Student Services at 434-961-6540 if danger is not imminent.

Week of January 23, 2017

Distracted Driving

 

This week’s safety tip is about distracted drivingToday’s technology makes it easier than ever to become distracted behind the wheel.

The amount of vehicle and foot traffic at PVCC makes it that much more important to pay attention while driving on-campus.  Serious injuries can occur, even at low speed.

According to Road Trip America, "I never saw him!" is the most common excuse heard after a collision.

Please don’t text while driving or make a habit of adjusting your car’s music or navigation systems.

Be alert for pedestrians and other drivers – don’t assume the other person is paying attention!
 

Week of January 17, 2017

Automated External Defibrillators (AED's). 


This week’s safety tip is about automated external defibrillators – or AED’s. AED’s are a proven and effective way to save a life during a cardiac emergency.  And almost anyone can operate one.

Did you know that here at PVCC, we have 7 AED’s distributed throughout our Main Campus? Automated external defibrillators (AED’s) are located near the receptionist’s desk in the Main Building, in the 200 Wing near the Business Division Office (Room 270), in the 800 Wing near the Human Resources Office (Room 810), in the Dickinson Building near the Humanities Division Office (Room 317), in the Stultz Center near the entrance and in the Keats Science Building near the 100 and 200 hallways.

Would you know how to use one of them in an emergency situation? Here is a link to walk you through the use of one of the AED's on PVCC's campus: Phillips HeartStart AED Video 

Week of January 9, 2017

Emergency Notifications & Inclement Weather

In the event of an emergency, timely information is essential. PVCC utilizes the following methods of communication, in the order listed below. 

PVCC Website
In the event of an emergency, PVCC will post information on the home page of the website. The emergency message will appear in Blackboard as well.

E2Campus Emergency Alert System
It is highly recommended that you sign up for e2Campus Emergency Notification system if you have not already done so. This notification system provides emergency text and/or email messages. Once you sign up, you will receive alerts from PVCC about potential, developing or existing emergencies. 

Social Media
PVCC utilizes Facebook and Twitter for emergency messages.

Desktop Messages
PVCC has a program that allows emergency messages to “take over” all networked computer desktop screens on campus.

Public Address System
The college has a public address (PA) system that is audible in all main campus buildings, as well as most areas of the parking lots.

Emergency Phone Line
PVCC will place a recorded message on the emergency phone line, 434.971.6673.

Local Media
Local television and radio stations are updated on emergency status and inclement weather. The best source for the most up-to-date information will be on PVCC’s website and via e2Campus emergency notification.

Inclement Weather 
Inclement weather notification follows a similar procedure. Click here to find the inclement weather policy, which will advise you of notification methods as well as which classes to attend in the event of a delay.

In addition to PVCC’s communication, the Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle County Office of Emergency Management provides a free emergency notification service called CodeRed. Sign up today at this link: http://communityemergency.org/

Week of December 5, 2016

This week's safety tip offers Crime Prevention Tips from the Broward County Sheriff's Office. Please take a moment to review these helpful suggestions and reduce the risk of being a victim this holiday season.

  • When parking your vehicle to go shopping, remember where you parked it! Always park in a well lit and well traveled area. Do not park in a remote dark area.
  • When you return to your vehicle, scan the interior of your car to be sure no one is hiding inside. Check to see if you are being followed.
  • Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. You will be ready to unlock the door and will not be delayed by fumbling and looking for your keys.
  • When storing items purchased at the stores, place them out of sight. The best place is in a locked trunk.
  • Do not leave your purse, wallet, or cellular telephone in plain view.
  • Don't resist if someone tries to take any of your belongings. Don't chase someone who robs you, they may have a weapon. Instead call 911.
  • Lock your vehicle and put up your windows even while you are driving.
  • If you go to an automatic teller machine for cash, check for people around and make sure it is well lit and in a safe location.
  • Carry only the credit cards you need and avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • If you make a purchase with your credit card, be sure to obtain the carbons or see that they are destroyed in front of you.
  • Beware of the "a good deal" scams. Things are not always what they appear to be.
  • If you are purchasing toys for small children, be sure that they are safe. You will be surprised what a small child can swallow or what can injure them.
  • Drive defensively. Traffic is heavier during the holidays. Drivers may also have indulged in too much holiday spirits.

Week of November 21, 2016


Deer & Other Road Hazards:

This week’s safety tip comes to us from Sherry Taylor at Lite Rock Z-95.1. Sherry has put together helpful tips from Geico on how to avoid hitting deer and what to do if you DO hit one. Emergency situations such as tire blowouts, stuck accelerators, and other deadly situations are addressed by a James Bond stunt driver. I encourage everyone to read this very important information. http://z95.net/sherry-taylor/deer-other-road-hazards/

Week of November 14, 2016


COOKING SAFETY Cooks should avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while preparing the holiday meal. Never leave the stove unattended – if the cook has to leave the kitchen even for a short time, they should turn off the stove. More cooking safety steps are:

• Check food regularly.
• Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
• Keep children and pets away from the cooking area.
• Keep anything that can catch fire - pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from the stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
• Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
• Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen.
• Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.

We wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Week of November 7, 2016


Health Information: Choking
Choking is a serious medical emergency which could lead to death if not treated immediately. We have all heard of the Heimlich Maneuver, but do you know how to use the maneuver in an emergency? Would you know what to do if you were alone and choking?

Medlineplus.gov offers education on the Heimlich Maneuver and how to use it in a variety of situations. 

Week of October 31, 2016
 

If you SEE something SAY something

We are all a part of a community that protects each other. If you see something that you feel may affect the safety or security at PVCC, or may disrupt the educational process, please fill out an incident report form. After receiving your report, a group of trained professionals from across campus will review your report and determine what needs to be done. Never hesitate to report a concern.  

I don’t know if I should report what I observed.

We understand. Sometimes it can be tough to report something. Typical behaviors that should be reported include, but are not limited to:

·        Disruptive behavior

·        Concerning behavior

·        Possession of a weapon or weapons on campus

·        Emotionally troubled individuals

·        Depression, excessive anxiety, self-destructive behavior

·        Hostile, threatening or aggressive behavior

·        Alarming references or infatuation with fires, firearms or bombs

·        Acts motivated by hatred or discrimination

·        Alcohol or drug abuse

·        Drastic, unexpected behavior change

·        Threats of any kind (verbal, written, electronic communication, social media)

Individuals are expected to use their judgment as to what should be reported, erring on the side of over-reporting, when in doubt.  

How to Report

CALL 911 if violence is imminent or is occurring.

Report an incident (Incident Reporting Form)

You may choose to complete the incident report anonymously or provide your name and contact information. You may be contacted by a member of the assessment team in order to gather additional information about your concern. Please be aware that your communication may be subject to review through FERPA or other laws governing communications.

 

You may also contact the Campus Police at 434-981-6362 (cell) or you may contact the Dean of Student Services at 434-961-6540 if danger is not imminent.

Week of October 24, 2016

The Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Office of Emergency Management, in conjunction with the Albemarle County Police Department, is providing training for area residents on the Run, Hide, Fight active shooter response.

The training, which is available for all local citizens, will be held at Lane Auditorium in the Albemarle County Office Building on Wednesday, November 16 from 6 – 8 p.m. Registration information can be found at the link below or contact the Office of Emergency Management at 434.970.1798.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CvilleRHF

Please consider attending this important training to learn how to respond and protect yourself during an active shooter situation. 

If you are unable to attend, please take a moment to watch this informative video from the Department of Homeland Security. The video features options for consideration in the event of an active shooter. 

Week of October 17, 2016

Annual Security Report

The Annual Security Report contains crime statistic and other information that is required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, the Clery Act. This report is prepared by the office of the vice president for finance and administrative services in cooperation with the PVCC department of public safety and campus police. The statistics and information contained within this report are compiled from the PVCC Daily Crime log, Albemarle County Virginia Police Department, City of Charlottesville Virginia Police Department, and the Greene County Sheriff’s office. The report is available on the PVCC website, or a printed copy of this report may be obtained by calling 434.961.5319 or email at mwyatt@pvcc.edu or rparkhill@pvcc.edu.

After reviewing this report you will see that we have a safe campus, and strive to take every measure to insure that it remains a safe environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. If you have any questions or seek further information about safety and security at Piedmont Virginia Community College, please contact us at 434.961.5319.

Week of October 3, 2016

Emergency Notifications & Inclement Weather

In the event of an emergency, timely information is essential. PVCC utilizes the following methods of communication, in the order listed below. 

PVCC Website
In the event of an emergency, PVCC will post information on the home page of the website. The emergency message will appear in Blackboard as well.

E2Campus Emergency Alert System
It is highly recommended that you sign up for e2Campus Emergency Notification system if you have not already done so. This notification system provides emergency text and/or email messages. Once you sign up, you will receive alerts from PVCC about potential, developing or existing emergencies. 

Social Media
PVCC utilizes Facebook and Twitter for emergency messages.

Desktop Messages
PVCC has a program that allows emergency messages to “take over” all networked computer desktop screens on campus.

Public Address System
The college has a public address (PA) system that is audible in all main campus buildings, as well as most areas of the parking lots.

Emergency Phone Line
PVCC will place a recorded message on the emergency phone line, 434.971.6673.

Local Media
Local television and radio stations are updated on emergency status and inclement weather. The best source for the most up-to-date information will be on PVCC’s website and via e2Campus emergency notification.

Inclement Weather 
Inclement weather notification follows a similar procedure. Click here to find the inclement weather policy, which will advise you of notification methods as well as which classes to attend in the event of a delay.

In addition to PVCC’s communication, the Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle County Office of Emergency Management provides a free emergency notification service called CodeRed. Sign up today at this link: http://communityemergency.org/

Week of September 26, 2016
Bystander Intervention

We can all play a role in preventing violence by practicing effective bystander intervention. Simply put, bystander intervention is taking responsibility for getting involved when we see a situation that could cause potential harm. We know that by speaking up, stepping in, or calling for help we have the potential to change a dangerous escalating situation. Bystander intervention involves much more than just reacting when there is a threat of physical danger or bodily harm. It also involves stopping comments and jokes that glorify sexual violence, or that degrade women or sexual orientation. It might also mean that you pay attention when someone has consumed too much alcohol and help them get to a safe place.

More information on bystander intervention can be found on the PVCC SAFE web page.

Week of September 12, 2016

Run, Hide, Fight

The Washington Post recently published an article with detailed information on what to do if a gunman opens fire in your building. Would you know what to do? If you are already familiar with Homeland Security's "Run, Hide, Fight" program, this article provides detailed information on the best method to implement these techniques. The article can be found here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/activeshooter/

Week of September 6, 2016
Classroom Emergency Information

In the event of an emergency, PVCC classrooms are equipped with several items to assist in maintaining a safe environment. Please take a moment to become familiar with these items during your time in the classrooms.

1.      Emergency Evacuation – all classrooms contain an evacuation plan with a safe escape route from the classroom and building.  

2.      Emergency Procedures – all classrooms contain a blue document titled “PVCC Emergency Procedures”. The document is located on the wall (typically near the door).

3.      Emergency Quick-Reference Guide – all classrooms contain a quick-reference guide, located near the classroom telephone.

4.      Classroom doors lock when closed and cannot be opened from the outside without a key or a code.

5.      Many classroom phones have a speed dial that calls directly to the public safety cell phone, while other classroom phones have the public safety cell phone noted. It is recommended that all members of the campus community keep the public safety cell phone number on their personal cell phones. The number is (434) 981-6362. For non-emergency calls, the public safety office phone number is (434) 961-5319.

If you have any questions about classroom safety, or notice that any of these items are missing from a classroom, please contact Chief Wyatt at 434.961.5488 or mwyatt@pvcc.edu.

Week of August 29, 2016

Driving and Pedestrian Safety
Drivers:

  • The speed limit on College Drive is 25 mph, then 15 mph in front of the main buildings.  The speed limit is 5 mph in the parking lots.
  • Be sure to observe all parking rules and regulations prior to coming to campus. The information is located on the PVCC website.
  • Being familiar with the parking areas will allow you to be more aware of your surroundings when driving on campus.
  • Follow the directional arrows on the pavement in the parking lots.
  • Vehicles approaching the traffic circle must yield for vehicles already in the traffic circle.  Be wary of cars in the circle yielding for pedestrians.
  • Watch for pedestrians, not only in crosswalks, but in the parking lots as well. Per State Law, drivers must yield for pedestrians in the crosswalk.
  • Please do NOT pick up/drop off at the south entrance or in parking lot 2. Pick up and drop off is located at the west entrance.
  • If you are involved in an accident, witness a hit-and-run, or find damage when you return to your vehicle, please contact the office of public safety & campus police at 434.981.6362.

Pedestrians:

  • Look for cars backing up; look for white backup lights or signs the motor is running.
  • Expect others not to see you. Some drivers may be distracted. Do not step into the roadway until the driver has stopped for you, or has acknowledged your intent to cross with eye contact, a wave or a nod.
  • Walk defensively.
  • Walk focused and alert. No texting, listening to music or anything that takes your eyes, ears, or your mind, off the road and traffic.
  • Anticipate what other road users might do—turns, pulling out of a parking space or driveway, backing up. The sooner you notice a potential conflict, the quicker you can act to avoid it.
  • Give drivers extra time to slow or stop, especially in poor weather (ice, snow, rain), and low visibility (dusk, dawn, fog, or night). Just because you can see others, does not mean they can see you.
  • Walk on sidewalks, when possible. If not, walk as far to the left, facing traffic.
  • Look left-right-left and behind for traffic before crossing a driveway or road.
  • Cross in marked crosswalks, at corners, or at intersections.

Credit: http://www.nhtsa.gov/Pedestrians

Spring 2016 Safety Tips

2015 Safety Tips


If you have questions about any of the documents, or general questions regarding safety, please contact Officer Wyatt at 434.961.5488 or mwyatt@pvcc.edu .