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, but students, faculty, and staff must be prepared. You must be mentally prepared. You must be an engaged and active learner.
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February 18, 2019
Intuition, Instinct and PVCC Safe Escort Services
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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 11, 2019
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.
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 4, 2019
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.
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.
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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 70% - 90% of people with Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) die before they reach the hospital. Rapid treatment of SCA and OHCA 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.
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 28, 2019
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 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 the distance between people and other measures.
For more information, visit: www.cdc.gov/flu
January 22, 2019
EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEMS IN YOUR AREA
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.
Greene County: https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/924270CF2CAD
Fluvanna County: https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736728074#/login.
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 14, 2019
E2CAMPUS/OMNILERT EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
This week’s safety tip is to inform you about the e2Campus/Omnilert emergency notification system. Please sign up for this very important method of notification.
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 another mobile device. It only takes a couple minutes to sign up, and you can register two text-enabled cell phones and two email addresses.
If you have questions about any of the documents, or general questions regarding safety, please contact Interim Police Chief Hood at 434.961.5487 or email@example.com.