In the event of a life-threatening situation, dial 911 directly. Then notify the Nyack College Campus Security by dialing

  • Manhattan at x6198 from a campus phone or (646) 378-6198 from a private or public phone.
  • The Bay at Jersey City at (845) 222-8812.

Prompt reporting helps improve campus safety.

Manhattan Campus

Instructions regarding when and how to evacuate will be given over the PA system. There are three options during any emergency:

  1. Shelter in Place: You will be instructed on how to secure your area to ensure the safety of you and the individuals around you. This may include locking doors, covering vents, etc.
  2. In Building Relocation: You will be instructed to move to another location in the building, typically three floors below the emergency floor.
  3. The Fire Marshall will give instructions to the Building Supervisors during a building evacuation. On an initial evacuation where you are asked to leave the building, Exit the building via the stairwells and cross the street to a safe area.

In an evacuation where you are asked to evacuate the area, the following are the official assembly areas:

  • If north or west of the building, the evacuation assembly area is the West Thames Park.
  • If south or east of the building, the evacuation assembly area is the Korean Memorial in Battery Park.

Jersey City

  1.  Evacuate the Building: You will be instructed to evacuate using the below procedures.
  2. Instructions to evacuate if not instigated by an audio alarm will be given via NyackAlert.

Evacuation Instructions

  1. Do not use elevators during a building evacuation. In many cases, the elevators will go immediately to the first floor of the building the moment an alarm sounds and remain there until they are reset. It is dangerous to use any elevator during an emergency evacuation.
  2. Assist those with disabilities in exiting the building.
    1. To assist the visually impaired:
      1. Announce the type of emergency.
      2. Offer your arm for guidance.
      3. Tell the person where you are going and obstacles you encounter.
      4. When you reach safety, ask if further help is needed.
    2.  To assist hearing impaired:
      1. Turn lights on/off to gain the person’s attention.
      2. Indicate directions with gestures or write a note with evacuation instructions.
    3. People using crutches, canes or walkers:
      1. Evacuate these individuals as injured persons.
      2. Assist and accompany the evacuation site if possible.
      3. Use a sturdy chair (or one with wheels) to move the person or help carry the individual.
    4. Wheelchair users:
      1. Non-ambulatory persons’ needs and preferences vary.
      2. Individuals at ground floor locations may exit without help. Others have minimal ability to move and lifting may be dangerous.
      3. Some non-ambulatory persons have respiratory complications. Remove them from smoke and vapors immediately.
      4. Wheelchair users with electrical respirators get priority assistance.
      5. Most wheelchairs are too heavy to take down stairs. Consult with the person to determine best carry options.
      6. Reunite the person with the chair as soon as it is safe to do so.
  3. If you are unable to leave the building due to a physical disability, call Campus Safety to request rescue assistance. Be sure to give name, specific location and any other important information. If possible, signal out or through the window to onsite emergency responders. Try to establish a “buddy” system to have someone ready to assist you.
  4. Check offices, classrooms and restrooms.
  5. Turn equipment off, if possible.
  6. Close doors but do not lock them.
  7. Instructors should assist students (see further instructions for Faculty/Instructors at the end of section).
  8. Leave by the nearest marked exit and alert others to do the same.
  9. Once outside, proceed to the predetermined assembly area that should be at least 500 feet away from the affected building and await instructions. Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrant areas and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel. Know your area assembly points. Evacuation sites for each building are listed below.
  10. Do not reenter the building until emergency personnel give the “all clear” signal.

Procedures for Building/Area Safety Coordinator

Once a building has evacuated to the area designated for that unit, the Building/Area Safety Coordinator will organize faculty/staff into smaller groups according to department/office. Should the Building/Area Safety Coordinator not be present at the time of the evacuation, the next staff in line (alternate) should begin organizing faculty/staff into smaller units at the evacuation site.

Physical head counts after evacuation

  1. Updates to the Building Occupant List are made as needed by the Building/Area Safety Coordinator in consultation with Human Resources if necessary. The coordinator must have an accurate count at all times of how many individuals need to be accounted for in the event of an evacuation including student workers and any non-regular workers in the building.
  2. In the event of an evacuation, the Building/Area Safety Coordinator should bring the Building Occupant List for their facility with them in order to ensure an accurate count of who is present and who is absent. The names and last known locations of persons not accounted for must be recorded and communicated to the Plan Executive and Director (Executive Vice President and Treasurer). The names of last known locations will then be submitted to the Emergency Operations Center for emergency rescue if necessary.
  3. If an evacuation of a facility is necessary while class is in session, a list of all missing persons will be delivered to the Registrar’s Office for printout of the faculty member’s teaching schedule.
  4. Non-regular employees such as tradesmen from Facilities, students and visitors frequent each facility. Each office/department in the facility should be sure to make note of these.

Confirmation that each room has been completely evacuated and the doors closed

If a facility is evacuated due to a life-threatening emergency, it may be difficult for staff members to confirm that each room has been completely evacuated and the doors closed without placing themselves in danger. Once a facility has been evacuated, the appropriate emergency personnel should be responsible for checking the building to confirm that all spaces in the building have been completely evacuated.

Procedures for further evacuation if the incident expands

If one or more facilities have been evacuated, the incident expands or forces further evacuation, the following locations may be utilized if unaffected by the conditions forcing evacuation: Bowman Gymnasium, Field House and Pardington Hall Auditorium. If further evacuation becomes necessary, personnel in the Emergency Operations Center will need to make a decision about which of the buildings above are safest. This information will need to be communicated to the Building/Area Safety Coordinator of the facility affected. In a catastrophic event when the entire campus community would need to gather in one location, NyackAlert will be used to provide instructions. All faculty, staff, students and visitors should gather in Bowman Gymnasium and await further instructions.

Procedures for Residence Life Staff

Once a housing unit has evacuated to the area designated for that unit, the Housing and/or Residence Life staff members in charge of each unit affected will organize students into smaller groups by residence hall floor, house or apartment building number. To assist in the evacuation effort, each residence area will be equipped with an emergency evacuation kit. Each residential area is also equipped with a first aid kit.

The emergency evacuation kit will be located in a central location in the Resident Assistant Office. If a Resident Director (RD) or Resident Assistant (RA) is not present at the time of the evacuation, the next staff in line should locate the evacuation kit and begin organizing students into smaller units at the evacuation site. The next staff in line may be the VP and Dean of Students. A disaster kit will be maintained in the Student Development Office for use by the Student Care Coordinator (VP and Dean of Students).

Assisting individuals with disabilities and those who do not speak or understand English

A system will be established between members of a particular housing location (i.e. residence hall floor, campus house or apartment unit), to assist members of the living area that have any type of physical disability or who do not speak or understand English.

Physical head counts after evacuation

  1. Updates to the housing rosters are made as needed by the Student Care Coordinator (VP and Dean of Students) in the Student Development Office. Whenever housing populations increase or decrease, the changes are communicated to the staff member(s) responsible for that particular area. Staff members will have an accurate count at all times of how many individuals need to be accounted for in the event of an evacuation. A copy will be kept in the Campus Safety Office.
  2. Should an evacuation in one or more housing areas become necessary, the staff members responsible for a particular area of housing are responsible for counting all persons to determine how many persons are missing. Should a staff member responsible for a particular area not be present to count his/her respective area, then that staff member’s direct supervisor must assume the responsibility. In the event that the direct supervisor is not present, then the supervisor’s supervisor assumes responsibility.
  3. The Student Care Coordinator (VP and Dean of Students) distributes housing rosters to all Housing and Residence Life staff members at the beginning of the year. When the Student Care Coordinator (VP and Dean of Students) communicates changes to the roster, Housing and Residence Life staff members are responsible for making the appropriate changes on the roster for the area he/she has oversight. Off campus visitors spending the night are required to register with the Residence Life staff.
  4. In the event of an evacuation, Housing and/or Residence Life staff members should bring the roster for their area with them in order to ensure an accurate count of who is present and who is absent. The names and last known locations of persons not accounted for must be recorded and communicated to the Student Care Coordinator (VP and Dean of Students). The names of last known locations will then be submitted to the EOC for emergency rescue if necessary.
  5. If an evacuation of a housing location is necessary while class is in session, a list of all missing persons will be delivered to the Registrar’s Office for printout of the students’ class schedules. The Student Care Coordinator (VP and Dean of Students) and the front office staff in Student Development can also assist in accessing student’s academic schedules using Campus Management.

 

Accounting for Non-Residents

Each housing location is frequented by non-residents such as custodians and tradesmen from Facilities and students visiting from other housing locations or from off campus. Off campus visitors spending the night are required to register with the Residence Life staff.

 

Confirmation that each room has been completely evacuated and the doors closed

If a housing location is evacuated due to a life-threatening emergency, it may be difficult for staff members to confirm that each room has been completely evacuated and the doors closed without placing themselves in danger. Once a housing location has been evacuated, the appropriate emergency personnel should be responsible for checking the building to confirm that all the living spaces in the building have been completely evacuated.

 

Confirmation that non-living spaces have been evacuated

Non-living spaces include lounges, laundry rooms, public bathrooms and community bathrooms on a residence hall floor, residence hall kitchens, conference rooms, computer labs, prayer chapels, storage rooms and custodial closets. Once a housing location has been evacuated, the appropriate emergency personnel should be responsible for checking the building to confirm that all non-living spaces of the building have been completely evacuated

 

Procedures for Faculty/Instructors

The instructor is an authoritative figure for the student, either consciously or subconsciously, and can influence how the student responds in an emergency. Calm, collected and clear directions by the instructor will have a calming effect on the students. Instructors should:

  1. Provide his or her class with general information relating to emergency procedures during the first week of class.
  2. Know how to report an emergency from the classroom being used.
  3. Assure that persons with disabilities have the information they need. The instructor should be familiar with the disabled student’s plan and be able to direct visitors with disabilities.
  4. Take responsible charge of the classroom and follow emergency procedures for all building alarms and emergencies.
  5. Know evacuation routes as well as the predetermined evacuation assembly area.
  6. Assist the Building/Area Safety Coordinator with accounting for students. With a large class, accounting for all students can be difficult. Some suggestions: use the class roster, do a head count and have students see if the students seated next to them are at the assembly point.
  7. Suggested materials to have in class: roster and important telephone numbers.

Be Prepared for Emergencies

Decide upon a plan of action in advance and remember that prevention is the key to your personal safety. It is the responsibility of each Building/Area Safety Coordinator to review emergency action plans with employees on a regular basis (either as a group or individually).

If you are temporarily or permanently disabled, please inform your department head. The department head will help determine an action plan based upon your specific needs