June 1-7 is National CPR and AED Awareness Week. The Office of Emergency Management and Safety encourages all NOVA faculty, staff, and students to please take 90 seconds and watch the above video to learn the lifesaving skills of Hands-Only CPR.
Did you know that 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes? Statistically speaking, if you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a co-worker, a spouse, a parent, a child, or a friend.
In just 90 seconds, you can learn the two simple steps to Hands-Only CPR. Please watch the video above so you can be prepared during a cardiac emergency.
In this month’s NOVA Public Safety Newsletter, it described how one fast-acting NOVA employee was able to apply the Heimlich Maneuver to a fellow colleague in need. This is an important reminder to refresh yourself on how to perform this life-saving maneuver. Here’s a quick one-minute refresher on how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver from the Mayo Clinic.
You can also find more specific step-by-step details on the Mayo Clinic’s A step-by-step guide explaining what to do in a choking emergency website.
Today is the start of the third week of classes! By now, everyone should be settled in and feeling prepared for the great semester ahead–but do not forget to prepare yourself for emergencies as well!
At the beginning of every semester, the Office of Emergency Management and Safety challenges the entire NOVA community to watch the NOVA Safety Video and refresh yourself on emergency procedures and resources. If you have not watched the video yet, or shared it with your class, please take 10 minutes to do so now.
Do you know CPR or how to use an AED? If not, you should as lives could be saved if more people knew CPR along with how to use an AED.
June 1-7 is National CPR and AED Awareness week, so take time to watch the Hands-Only CPR video below and learn more information through the American Heart Association here: National CPR and AED Awareness Week.
Don’t forget to check with your local hospitals and community associations, as they may offer certified CPR and AED training to you at little to no cost.
October 15th at 10:15 AM, NOVA will participate in The Great SouthEast ShakeOut Regional Earthquake Drill.
What do I do?
An announcement will be made at 10:15 AM using the intercom telephone system to start the Earthquake Drill. Once the announcement is made, you should DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON!
The Timeline will be as follows:
10:15 An announcement will be made that the Drill is starting. “This is the start of the Regional Earthquake Drill, please drop, cover, and hold on!” At this time, you should drop to the ground, take cover under a table or sturdy desk, and hold on to it until the shaking stops.
10:20 An announcement will be made that the Earthquake Drill is over. “The Earthquake Drill is over, please evacuate your building.” At this time, evacuate the building and report to your assembly point. *Persons with disabilities should seek assistance in evacuations.
10:35 No announcement will be made, but the Drill has officially concluded. You should re-enter your building and go back to your office or continue class as scheduled.
Note* Mobility challenged individuals are encouraged to do the following:
- If you are in a wheelchair: Lock your wheels and remain seated until the shaking stops and always protect your head and neck with your arms, a pillow, book, or whatever may be available.
- Practice your individual emergency evacuation plan during the evacuation phase of this Drill.
- Relocate to an Area of Assistance (if you are on a floor that does not exit directly outdoors) and wait there until the Drill is complete.
- Please refer to the Emergency Action Plan for more information.