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.

Spring 2018 safety tips

March 12, 2018

Choking Prevention

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. 

March 5, 2018

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.

February 26, 2018

Tornado Preparedness

Please take a moment to read these important safety tips. These tips will help you in the event of a tornado on campus. 

Be Prepared:
        Know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning.

Tornado Watch means a tornado is possible in your area. You should monitor weather-alert radios and local radio/TV stations for information.

Tornado Warning means a tornado has been sighted in the area or has been indicated by National Weather Service Doppler Radar. When a warning is issued, take cover immediately.

Know IN ADVANCE where you will take cover in case of a tornado warning. Review PVCC’s Emergency Procedures.
The following interior locations are designated as Severe Weather Shelter Areas at PVCC:

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

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

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

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

Off Site Locations:

Giuseppe Center (Greene County):
In the event of a tornado or severe windstorm requiring shelter, all persons should move to an interior hallway, restroom or other interior room without windows.

Jefferson School (Charlottesville)
In the event of a tornado or severe windstorm requiring shelter, all persons should move to an interior hallway, restroom or other interior room without windows. PVCC’s designated “safe rooms” are on the first floor in the family bathroom across from J111, the family bathroom on the left past the JABA Mary Williams Community Senior Center and through the emergency back hallway to the right of J112.

More information on the statewide drill can be found at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s website.

February 19, 2018

Intuition, Instinct and PVCC Safe Escort Services

Need an escort to or from your vehicle or classroom?

Call PVCC Office of Public Safety at 434.981.6362

Intuition is one of the best tools we have for keeping ourselves safe.

The Oxford Dictionaries define intuition as: “the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning "we shall allow our intuition to guide us" synonyms: instinct, intuitiveness, sixth sense, clairvoyance, second sight
synonyms: hunch, feeling (in one's bones), inkling, (sneaking) suspicion, idea, notion, premonition, presentiment, gut feeling, gut instinct”

“One way to distinguish between instinct and intuition is to think of instinct as something you don't have a conscious choice about - it will cause you to respond to events in a particular way, whether you want to or not. Whereas intuition is a feeling, a hunch that makes one way of responding more attractive to you than others, but you can still choose to follow it or not.”  (Gus Griffin, Master your instincts, Master your life.)

Animals and humans both possess instinct. Among many things instinct does is keep help keep us from danger.  Have you ever seen animals run towards a fire or a loud noise? Humans though on the other hand routinely ignore instincts in regards to dangerous situations.  First responders and members of the military are examples.

Intuition though seems to be uniquely possessed by humans. Pet owners will often debate this point. Humans though can use intuition to keep safe. Intuition is that “gut feeling” or “hunch” as defined earlier. That tells you something or someone isn’t right or safe. We often ignore our intuition for many reasons. Often not to offend or seem rude to others. There are many examples of individuals ignoring their intuition and becoming tragic victims of crimes. Ignoring that “gut feeling” by letting a stranger come inside to use the phone or help carry in groceries,  that man in the park that gives off “bad vibes”, not reporting unusual behavior by a co-worker or student, and many other examples you hear and read about every day. This ignoring of that “uncomfortable feeling” often leads to tragic consequences.

There are many studies and experts expounding the role of intuition in personal safety. They all agree on one thing. Instinct is developed from information that our brain is processing without us knowing. Instinct is something that should never be ignored.

February 12, 2018

Reporting a Campus Incident

This week’s safety tip is about reporting a campus incident. If you see something, please say something.

There may be times when you see something happening on campus that, while not immediately dangerous, makes you feel uncomfortable or something you want the college to know about. You can easily report the information online.

Visit pvcc.edu/pvccsafe and click “report an incident”. Incidents can be reported anonymously, but remember; the more information you provide, the more we will be able to respond and investigate. Also, don't forget if something you see poses an immediate threat call 911 or contact the campus police at 434.981.6362.

February 5, 2018

Flu Prevention

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a three-step approach to fighting influenza (flu). The first and most important step is to get a flu vaccination each year. But if you get the flu, there are prescription antiviral drugs that can treat your illness. Early treatment is especially important for the elderly, the very young, people with certain chronic health conditions, and pregnant women. Finally, everyday preventive actions may slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses, like flu.

What Are Everyday Preventive Actions?

• Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

• If you or your child gets sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you (or your child) stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.

• While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

• Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

• If an outbreak of flu or another illness occurs, follow public health advice. This may include information about how to increase distance between people and other measures.

For more information, visit: www.cdc.gov/flu

January 29, 2018

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

January 22, 2018


In addition to PVCC’s e2Campus Emergency Notification System, you may want to consider signing up for an emergency alert system for the locality in which you reside. Most localities served by PVCC have an emergency notification system for their residents.

Most of these sights deliver real-time emergency, community, missing person and severe weather alerts to users within the area of impact. We have compiled a list for your convenience.

Charlottesville/Albemarle: https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/BF7B5552C1EC

Greene County: https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/924270CF2CAD

Fluvanna County: No longer uses an emergency notification system. Emergency management information can be found here.

Buckingham County: http://www.emergencyemail.org/add.asp?src=&lc=29510

Louisa County: https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736721723#/login

Nelson County: http://www.nelsoncounty-va.gov/residents/reverse-911-system/

Please do not forget to sign up for PVCC’s e2Campus Emergency Notification System as well, which will keep you informed in the event of an emergency situation in which there is an imminent threat to public safety at or near PVCC. 

January 16, 2018

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.

January 8, 2018


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 emergencies, 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.

Fall 2017 Safety Tips

Spring 2017 Safety Tips

Fall 2016 Safety Tips

Spring 2016 Safety Tips

2015 Safety Tips

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