Preparedness events on September 24th and 25th

September is National Preparedness Month and NOVA’s Office of Emergency Management wants YOU to be prepared for an emergency!

Join us as the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) partners with local and state agencies as well as College vendors to show our students, faculty and staff how to prepare for an emergency. Pizza and Coca-Cola products will be served and there will be music and fun all while OEM provides you with information on the importance of being prepared and informed before, during and after emergencies and how to put together a preparedness kit.

September 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Annandale Campus, Upper Plaza – and – September 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Loudoun Campus, Outside the LC Building.

Confirmed Partners Include:

Barnes & Noble College •Blair Dance Studio •Coca-Cola • Makeup artist Lisa Jett • Fairfax County’s CERT Moulage Team

Fairfax County: Emergency Response Team •Health Department• Office of Emergency Management

Loudoun County: Animal Services • Fire and Rescue Department • Office of Emergency Management

Virginia: Department of Emergency Management • Department of Fire Programs • State Police



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September is National Preparedness Month and OEM Wants You to be Prepared for an Emergency!

Whether an emergency happens at home, work, or on-campus, NOVA’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) wants you to be prepared and know what action to take to stay as safe as possible.  Take a moment to be informed while on campus and read the Emergency Procedures Posters found in each office and classroom.  You can also be informed by locating the two nearest exits to your classroom or office so that, if an evacuation occurs, you can get out of your building as quickly as possible. 

Another way you can be prepared for an emergency is to make an emergency kit.  This can include items like a flashlight, extra batteries, bottled water, first aid kit, cash, and a list of emergency contacts.  You can find out what else you should have in your emergency kit by going to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s website

OEM will be hosting two events in September to promote emergency preparedness for students, faculty, and staff.  The first will be September 24th from 11 AM to 1 PM on the Upper Plaza of the Annandale Campus.  The second event will be September 25th from 11 AM to 1 PM outside the LC Building at the Loudoun Campus.  We welcome everyone to stop by, even if just for a couple of minutes! 

For more information on National Preparedness Month and how you can be prepared, go to FEMA’s website or VDEM’s website



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Back to School Tips

Welcome back to NOVA or, if this is your first semester here, welcome to NOVA!  The Office of Emergency Management wants you to be safe and prepared for any emergency that may happen while here on campus.  We encourage you to take a few extra minutes during your first days on campus to look around for the nearest exits to your classrooms in case of a fire or other emergency evacuation.  Also, look for the nearest Severe Weather Shelter location to your classroom in case there is a tornado or an especially severe storm.  These locations are marked by a green sign with a picture of a tornado.  Each classroom also has an Emergency Procedures poster.  This information describes what to do in just about any emergency situation you may encounter while on campus.

For more information on emergency preparedness at NOVA, please visit our website.

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Pool Safety Tips

Summer is in full swing in Northern Virginia and now that kids are out of school, people are heading to the pools to cool off.   We want you to have fun and be safe at the same time when you head to the pool.  Please take a couple of minutes to read the information below on how you can “Pool Safely”.

Pool Safely: Simple Steps to Save Lives

 Swimming pools and spas are great places for families to spend time together and have fun. Yet it’s important to ensure everyone stays safe in and around pools and spas.

 To improve pool and spa safety, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) launched Pool Safely: Simple Steps to Save Lives, a national public education campaign to reduce childhood drownings, submersion injuries and entrapments. The campaign is a call-to-action for consumers and industry to adopt proven water safety steps and join a national conversation about pool and spa safety by sharing best practices and other life-saving information.

 To pool safely means adopting critical water safety steps to assure that a great afternoon at the pool doesn’t turn into a tragic one. Whether at a residential or public pool or spa, everyone can always take additional steps to be safe while having fun.

 Saying Close, Being Alert and Watching Children in and Around the Pool

  • Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your child when he or she is in or near water.
  • Is there a lifeguard at the pool or spa to watch children and adults?
  • Teach children basic water safety tips.
  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments.
  • Are there water safety rules posted in a visible area for adults and children to review?
  • Have a telephone close by when you or your family is using a pool or spa.
  • If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first.
  • Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors.

 Learning and Practicing Water Safety Skills

  • Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim.
  • Learn to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly.
  • Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency.

 Having the Appropriate Equipment

  • Install a four-foot or taller fence around the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools.
  • Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa.
  • If your house serves as a fourth side of a fence around a pool, install door alarms and always use them. For additional protection, install window guards on windows facing pools or spas.
  • Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water.
  • Ensure any pool or spa use has compliant drain covers, and ask your pool service provider or pool community manager if you do not know.
  • Consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm.

 For more information, visit the Pool Safely website.

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Virginia’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday May 25 – 31

Even though Hurricane Season is not here yet, you can start to prepare for it by stocking up, tax-free, on hurricane-preparedness supplies for you and your family.  From May 25 – May 31, there will be no sales tax on a variety of preparedness items such as:  ice packs, flashlights, batteries, certain portable radios, fire extinguishers, bottled water, and first aid kits.  There are many more items that will be tax-free as well.  You can find a complete list of tax-free items here.

For more information on Virginia’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday as well as additional information on how to prepare for a hurricane, you can go to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s website.

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