Emergency Planning and Preparedness

Emergency Action Plan (EAP)

CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR ACTIVATION

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless, colorless gas that is deadly. It is a by-product of a fuel-burning process. Many appliances such as furnaces, kitchen stoves, hot water heaters, etc., can produce carbon monoxide. When a faulty or unusual condition exists, carbon monoxide may be vented into areas where people are present.

1. DETECTION

As a precaution against carbon monoxide (CO) exposure hazards, all residence halls and houses are equipped with CO detectors, as required by NYS Fire Code. Many of these detectors are hard-wired into the fire alarm system, while others are “local” (battery operated) detectors.

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning may be difficult to diagnose. Its symptoms are similar to the flu, which may include headache, nausea, fatigue, red/flushed skin and dizzy spells.
  • If you have reason to believe there might be a CO hazard present, immediately exit to fresh air and notify Campus Safety at ext. 3333 or (315) 781-3333.

2. DETECTOR ACTIVATION

If the CO detector in your building activates an audible warning:

  • Immediately evacuate the building.
  • Ensure all other occupants evacuate by pulling the red fire pull station located at the entrances/exits of the building.
  • Once outside, call Campus Safety at ext. 3333 or (315) 781-3333, and advise them of the situation.

3. EVACUATION

During building evacuations, assist special needs individuals in exiting the building and proceed to the building’s evacuation meeting point. This location is listed on the evacuation floor plans posted near each building exit.

  • Remember that elevators are reserved for handicapped and special needs persons during evacuations.
  • Remain calm and do not panic.
  • If the emergency is impacting your building’s evacuation meeting point, or if you are instructed to do so by college authorities or first responders, proceed to the alternate primary or secondary assembly area and await further directions from officials.

Note: The exact locations of the alternate or secondary sites may differ based upon the nature of the emergency. You will be instructed where these are located by officials during the evacuation process.

IMPORTANT—DO NOT RETURN TO AN EVACUATED BUILDING until and unless told to do so by authorized HWS officials.

Emergency Resources

Do not hesitate to contact Campus Safety if you need assistance.

  • Emergency assistance (on campus dial ext. 3333, cell phone on campus dial (315) 781-3333, off campus dial 911).
  • For non-emergency assistance dial (315) 781-3000.

Assembly Points for Building Evacuations

Emergency Management Team

The HWS Emergency Management Team is directed by leadership from the Office of Campus Safety and the Office of Campus Life in coordination with core groups from across campus, including information technology, operations, facilities and communications. The team also includes an incident response group and a policy group. The team regularly participates in trainings and drills.


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Notification

In the event it becomes necessary to notify the HWS community of an imminent emergency on campus, notification will be sent using the Everbridge Mass Notification System. Brief and immediate instructions will be given through the Everbridge system when we use it. All other non-imminent communication will be disseminated through the HWS e-mail system and via the Colleges' Twitter account.


To ensure that Everbridge has the correct contact information for emergency notification, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to update their PeopleSoft accounts.

 

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