Flash flood are floods that result from rainwater that does not drain quickly. Thus, the water accumulates to flood conditions very quickly. Sometimes in just a few minutes. Some flash floods can reach heights of several feet and usually carry debris that can cause injury or death.


1. Plan in advance what you should do if a flash flood does occur.
2. Determine what property may be in jeopardy. Where would you move your car to avoid damage?
3. Use extreme caution! Never attempt to cross standing water on foot or in a vehicle.
4. Monitor the local weather news for flood warnings.
5. Check the Emergency Update and School Closing Line for updates or closings.
6. Watch for washed out roads, earth slides, broken water or sewer mains, loose or downed electrical wires and falling or fallen objects.
7. Report any emergency to Public Safety at:
   -Manhattan:  x 6198 from a campus phone. (845) 261-9504 or (845)646-6198 from a private or public phone.
   -Jersey City: (845) 222-8812 from a private or public phone.
8. Emergency Response Coordinators will monitor TV, radio, and local information for flood watch and warning advisory statement information.


The Vice President and Treasurer in conjunction with the Facilities personnel will make decisions regarding control and access to buildings/areas affected by floods, and issuing or not issuing the “all clear” for safe building/area re-entry and continued occupancy.