Emergency Planning and Preparedness

Emergency Action Plan (EAP)

EXPLOSION

1. TAKE COVER

In the event of a building explosion, take the following actions:

  • Immediately take cover under tables, desks and other objects, which will give protection against falling/flying glass or debris.

2. NOTIFICATION

  • After the initial effects of the explosion and/or fire have subsided, notify Campus Safety at ext. 3333 or (315) 781-3333. Give your name and describe the location and nature of the emergency. Be sure to notify Campus Safety of any special hazards, such as gas leaks and power failures.

3. EVACUATION

  • If the explosion threatens you and other building occupants, or if you are instructed to do so, evacuate the building if it is safe to do so.
  • Remain calm and do not panic.
  • As you evacuate, activate the building’s fire alarm pull station to signal that an emergency exists.
  • Assist special needs individuals in exiting the building.
    • Remember that elevators are reserved for handicapped and special needs persons during evacuations.
  • Proceed to the building’s evacuation meeting point. This location is listed on the evacuation floor plans posted near each building exit.
    • 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.


Emergency Action Button

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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