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How to Stay Safe in a Heat Wave

The summer heat has arrived in full force this week in Northern Virginia.  With temperatures expected to be in the upper 90s to near or at 100, it is important to know how to keep yourself and others safe when outdoors.  Below you will find some important information from our Safety Office on how you can prevent as well as how to recognize the symptoms of heat-related illnesses.  We encourage you to try to stay inside and hydrated as much as possible as long as we are stuck in this heat wave.

Heat Stress occurs when the body is unable to cool itself by sweating, several heat-induced illnesses such as heat stress or heat exhaustion and the more severe heat stroke can occur, and can result in death.

Factors Leading to Heat Stress May Include:

  • High temperature and humidity
  • Direct sun or heat
  • Limited air movement
  • Physical exertion
  • Poor physical condition
  • Some medicines
  • Inadequate tolerance for hot workplaces

Ways to Prevent Heat Stress Include:

  • Know the signs/symptoms of heat-related illnesses
  • Monitor yourself and co-workers
  • Block out direct sun or other heat sources
  • Use cooling fans/air-conditioning
  • Rest regularly
  • Drink lots of water; about 1 cup every 15 minutes
  • Wear lightweight, light colored, and loose-fitting clothes
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeinated drinks, or heavy meals

Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion Include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness or fainting
  • Weakness and moist skin
  • Mood changes such as irritability or confusion
  • Upset stomach or vomiting

Symptoms of Heat Stroke Include:

  • Dry, hot skin with no sweating
  • Mental confusion or losing consciousness
  • Seizures or convulsions

What to Do for Heat-Related Illness:

  • Call 911 (or local emergency number) at once
  • While waiting for help to arrive:
    • Move to a cool, shaded area
    • Loosen or remove heavy clothing
    • Provide cool drinking water
    • Fan and mist the person with water

Woodbridge Campus Bomb Threat

As many of you have heard through the media, the College website, friends, students, co-workers, etc.  there was a bomb threat this morning at the Woodbridge campus.  The press release was as follows:

“On May 8th at 11:45AM, police responded to the Northern Virginia Community College – Woodbridge Campus located at 15200 Neabsco Mills Rd in Woodbridge (22191) for a reported bomb threat. A school employee received the threat over the phone which came in through a school telephone line. The bomb was reported to be in the lake area near the main school building. The entire campus has been evacuated of students, teachers and staff. A Virginia State Police bomb dog has been called to check the surrounding area and buildings.” -Prince William County Police

If you find yourself in a situation with a bomb threat, please remember the following:

  1. Call 911 or 703-764-5000.
  2. Do not use your cell phone or two-way radios.
  3. Do NOT activate the fire alarm system to evacuate.
  4. Shelter-in-place or evacuate the building as directed.
  5. Do not re-enter the building until cleared by authorized personnel.
  6. Untrained persons should not try to rescue people who are inside a collapsed building.  Wait for emergency personnel.

For updates on this situation, please check the College’s website: