USS Theodore Roosevelt Conducts Safety Standdown


Story Number: NNS111105-06Release Date: 11/5/2011 12:17:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Sulayao, USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs

HAMPTON, Va. (NNS) -- USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) conducted a safety standdown at the Hampton Roads Convention Center Nov. 2 to reiterate the importance for Sailors to make good decisions and to stay safe for the winter season.

Nearly 2,000 Sailors attended the biannual event, which was organized by the ship's safety office, to emphasize holiday and ship safety measures and current command information to Theodore Roosevelt's crew.

"The safety stand down exists to put out information to cover all TR Sailors for the season," said Cmdr. Richard Norvell, the command's safety officer. "We cover subjects that include electrical safety when hanging Christmas lights to depression during the holidays."

Various topics that were covered were: electrical safety, suicide awareness, stress and domestic violence, sexual assault, drug and alcohol programs, legal aspects of DUIs, Perform-to-Serve, motorcycle safety, Continuous Process Improvement, Combined Federal Campaign, and other messages aimed toward the command.

"We try to make our Sailors aware of what to do in situations they may encounter," said Norvell. "We, as people, tend to think we're more immune than we really are."

TR offered humorous yet informative videos and a question and answer session.

"The information they put out is very important," said Airman Marylou Raygoza. "Hands-on interaction can appeal to not only the younger Sailors, but the senior Sailors as well."

Overall, the standdown caused others to stop and think about their decisions before they execute them.

"We're all susceptible to anything, whether we're an E-1 or an O-10," said Norvell. "We're not immune, but with the right decisions, we can minimize accidents and enjoy the holidays for what they are."

For more news from USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn71/.

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