Fall 2016 Weekly Safety Tips

Fall 2016 Weekly Safety Tips


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.


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

  • 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.


  • 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