Category Archives: Training

Get Ready to ShakeOut!!!

Faculty, Staff and Students:
Get Ready to:  SHAKE OUT
 Northern Virginia Community College will participate in the…..
 “The Great Southest Shake Out” regional earthquake drill on Thursday, Oct. 18th, 2012 at 10:18am
What do I do?
An announcement will be made at 10:18 am using the intercom telephone system to start the drill.  Once the announcement is made, you should DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON!  You can simulate dropping, covering, and holding on!  At approximately 10:23, another announcement will be made that the “earthquake” is over and you should immediately evacuate the building!  Evacuate your building and report to your assembly point.  Persons with disabilities should seek assistance in evacuations.  At 10:35, you can return to your building as the drill concludes (no announcement will be made at the conclusion).
The Timeline is as follows:
10:18      Announcement made that the drill is starting.  “This is the start of the Regional Earthquake drill, please drop, cover, and hold on!”
10:23     Announcement made that the earthquake is over.  “The earthquake is over, please evacuate your buildings.”
10:35     Return to your building, no announcement will be made.  All persons should re-enter the building and continue classes.
Further information you can visit the website at  Also, you can view the OEMP Earthquake Training at Earthquake Presentation -Final- 10.2.12 THM V.1

OEMP’s Summer Session I: ICS For Higher Education

OEMP is offering several ICS classes this summer.  While these classes are particularly helpful to those who will be called upon in the event of an emergency like floor wardens, building wardens, College Facilities employees, and College Police, all faculty and staff are welcomed to attend.  Please see below for more information.

OEMP’s Summer Session I:  ICS for Higher Education

National Incident Management System (NIMS)

ICS-700.a NIMS – An Introduction

June 28, 2012  1:00 – 3:00 PM

Medical Education Campus, Rooms 327 & 330

 Topics covered:

  •  The intent of NIMS
  • Key concepts and principles underlying NIMS
  • Purpose of NIMS components 
  • Purpose of the National Integration Center

Pre-requisites: None

Target Audience: Building Wardens, Floor Wardens, Faculty, and Staff

Please register by June 27, 2012 by emailing:   

 For more information, please contact OEMP’s Stephen Brunelle at 703.764.5066

Also, mark your calendar for the following upcoming ICS training:

July 26th:  ICS 200.b – ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

August 30th:  ICS 800.b – National Response Framework, an Introduction

The April Power Hour is Coming Soon

Do you know what various alert technologies there are in place at NOVA to make you aware of an emergency?  Please join us for this month’s bring-your-own-lunch Power Hour to learn how these different alert technologies can keep you informed of an actual or potential emergency as well as what you should expect once these alerts are activated..  Dates and times are listed below.

April 12th from Noon – 1:00 pm — Annandale CE Seminar Room A

April 18th from Noon – 1:00 pm — Loudoun LW Room 310

The training is open to all, but, due to space limitations, we ask that you please email  to reserve your seat.  If you have any questions, you may also contact the office at 703-764-5043.

March Power Hour is Coming Soon.

Would you know what to do if you were told you need to shelter-in-place while at NOVA?  Please join us for OEMP’s second bring-your-own-lunch Power Hour to learn what actions will be required of you in the event of a severe weather or a police shelter-in-place incident.   Dates and times are listed below.

March 14th from Noon – 1:00 pm — Annandale CE Seminar Room A

March 21st from Noon – 1:00 pm — Loudoun LW Room 310

The training is open to all, but, due to space limitations, we ask that you please email  to reserve your seat.  If you have any questions, you may also contact the office at 703-764-5043.

C-CERT classes will begin March 7th

Are you interested in learning more about emergency preparedness?  Have you ever wanted to do more to help others on campus or in your community during an emergency?  Would you like to be involved with helping evacuate a building on campus during a drill and/or an actual fire alarm or assisting others during a Shelter-in-Place event? 

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may be interested in a new College-wide opportunity led by the Office of Emergency Management and Planning (OEMP) to recruit and train faculty and staff to become Campus – Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) volunteers (C-CERT is in addition to the College’s current building and floor warden programs).  Per Executive Order 41, Governor McDonnell approved twenty hours of work time for any state employees who wish to become C-CERT volunteers.

The C-CERT program will cover topics such as:  disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, terrorism awareness, and more.  At the end of the training, each person will receive a backpack filled with items to help assist in an emergency.

C-CERT classes will be held from 12:30 – 4:30 beginning March 7th and will run every other week until June 27th .  All classes (with the exception of the two in April) will be held at the College’s 7630 Little River Turnpike (Pitney Bowes) location.  If you are interested in signing up to become a C-CERT volunteer you must first get your supervisor’s permission.  Also, you must commit to attend all nine sessions. 

Below is the C-CERT job description.  If you are interested in taking part in the College’s C-CERT opportunity, please contact to sign up or for more information. 

Job Title: Campus Community and Emergency Response Team (C-C.E.R.T.) Member
Service Area: NOVA Campuses
Goal or Purpose of the C-CERT Team Member:
This position provides non-emergency and emergency evacuation and shelter-in-place support within NOVA’s Emergency Operations Plan to faculty, staff, students, and visitors affected by disasters on NOVA’s campuses and centers.
Major Responsibilities:
  • Assist with special needs evacuation
  • Assist building and floor wardens with general evacuation & shelter-in-place processes
  • Provide assistance at State Shelter and State Transfer Point if necessary
  • Community relations/distribution of emergency information to the public
  • Participate in drills and exercises
  • Participate in training and preparedness activities
  • Support for Emergency Management at College events
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Reliable with the ability to remain calm during a crisis
  • Successful completion of mandatory training
 Training and/or Preparation Required:  C-C.E.R.T. Volunteer Training Curriculum – Mandatory
Time Commitment: Nine – four hour classes beginning March 7th and ending June 27th
Benefits to the Volunteer:
  • Gain emergency management skills/experience
  • Achieve a great sense of personal accomplishment