In the event of an emergency you may be notified in various ways depending on the emergency.
- Text Messaging Service (NOVA Alert)
- Fire Alarm (Strobes)
- Phones (classrooms and offices)
- Computer Pop-Ups (networked computers)
- Public Address System Announcements (where available)
- Digital Flat Panels
We strongly encourage you to go to http://alert.nvcc.edu and follow the registration instructions to register for this important text messaging service.
This commercial service allows members of the NOVA community to receive emergency notifications from the College. Alerts can easily be sent out from any location as a text message to cell phones, pagers or to any email address that a person wants to receive them.
- NOVA Desktop Computer Alert (Pop-Ups)
- Automated or Live Broadcast Calls to Campus
- Digital Signage
- College Email
- NOVA Website
- Campus Highway Radios
- Local News Media
NOVA Desktop Computer Alert (Pop-Ups)
The College is able to send an emergency alert to every computer connected to the College computer network. It allows emergency messages to be sent to classrooms where the instructor is using the computer during class to all the students in computer labs, and to all the staff in their offices.
Automated or Live Broadcast Calls to Campus
Emergency messages can be broadcast directly into any IP phone on a campus and emergency calls can be made from phones that have been installed college wide. The activation of this system can be local (campus) or central.
Emergency messages can be displayed on flat panel screens that are strategically located on every NOVA campus. The messages can be locally or centrally controlled.
During emergencies, email can be sent to all faculty and staff, adjuncts and students. Separate distribution lists are also maintained for each campus.
Emergency messages can be put on the NOVA Website quickly from any location. The alert appears at the top of the page. The large picture can be changed to allow text in case additional information is so urgent that it needs to appear on the NOVA home page.
Emergency messages can be put on the College’s Cable-TV channel from remote locations. The NOVA Channel appears on the Cox and Comcast systems in Fairfax County and Alexandria and on Verizon FiOS 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is also available in other jurisdictions on a more limited daily schedule.
Campus Highway Radios
Low-power radios were installed on all six campuses that can deliver a signal over 1630 MHz to AM radios within 2 to 3 miles of the campus. Each campus radio can be programmed independently. The primary purpose of these radios is to deliver information to visitors as they approach the campus.
However, emergency messages can be recorded and set to play from any telephone. Signs are in place that let the public know about the system on roads approaching the campuses. These signs do not have flashing lights to indicate an emergency message since that capability on the highways is reserved for the local jurisdictions.
Local News Media
The College Public Information Office sends press releases and makes calls to contacts on a local media list. Due to the transient nature of the population in our area, the College depends a great deal on broadcast media to notify our students, faculty and staff of emergencies before or during their commutes.