Emergency Planning and Preparedness

Emergency Action Plan (EAP)

FLOOD

1. FLOODING IN THE UNITED STATES

Floods are the most common of natural disasters and consequences can be severe. Flash floods in particular are among the most frequent and deadly of weather-related hazards.

  • Vulnerability to flooding varies with local conditions and is based on a number of factors:
    • Rainfall
    • River flow
    • Topography
    • Flood-control measures
    • Changes due to building and excavation
  • Immediate causes are:
    • Clogged drainage systems
    • Sudden winter thaws
    • Heavy rainfall

2. FLOODING IN THE FINGER LAKES

Flooding is a significant concern in New York State. In the Finger Lakes region, local flash flooding can result from severe storms and small streams overflowing their banks.

3. FLOOD SAFETY

During a flood, water levels and the rate the water is flowing can quickly change.

  • Remain aware and monitor local radio and television outlets.
  • Stay Informed and alert for messages and local reports
    • HWS will utilize all appropriate communication methods (e.g., EMNS [text message, phone, email], web updates, verbal instructions, etc.) to keep you informed.
    • Monitor local radio and television stations, the Internet and social media for information and updates.
  • Avoid flood waters at all costs and evacuate immediately when water starts to rise.
  • If you become aware of quickly rising waters or a flooding situation, notify Campus Safety (on campus dial ext. 3333, cell phone on campus dial (315) 781-3333, off campus dial 911).
  • Don't wait until it's too late!
    • Get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding and get to higher ground immediately.
    • Obey evacuation orders and follow direction from HWS officials. If told to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Avoid flood waters. Do not walk through flood waters. It only takes six inches of moving water to knock you off your feet.
  • If you are trapped by moving water, move to the highest possible point and call 911 for help.
  • Do not drive into flooded roadways or around a barricade. Turn around; don’t drown! Water may be deeper than it appears and can hide many hazards. A vehicle caught in swiftly moving water can be swept away in a matter of seconds. Twelve inches of water can float a car or small SUV and 18 inches of water can carry away large vehicles.

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.

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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