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 prepared. You must be an engaged and active learner.
Fall 2017 Safety Tips
October 15, 2017
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
After reviewing this report you will see that we have a safe campus, and strive to take every measure to ensure 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.
October 9, 2017
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.
October 2, 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.
September 26, 2017
This week’s safety tip is about distracted driving. Today’s technology makes it easier than ever to become distracted behind the wheel.
For the first time in nearly a decade, preliminary data from the National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that as many as 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2016. That marks a 6% increase over 2015 and a 14% increase over 2014 – the most dramatic two-year escalation in 53 years.
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.
Parking Lots: Did you know 20% of all accidents happen in parking lots? The Erie Insurance website offers information on how to avoid parking lot accidents. If you are ever in a parking lot accident, you may wonder who is at fault. The Ameriprise Insurance website offers interesting information on which driver has the right-of-way in parking lots.
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 – NEVER assume the other person is paying attention!
September 18, 2017
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. All 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://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/22FDD6E77B7B
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.
September 11, 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.
August 28, 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 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.
If you have questions about any of the documents, or general questions regarding safety, please contact Police Chief Wyatt at 434.961.5488 or email@example.com .