Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Conditions are right for a severe thunderstorm.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning: A severe storm has been observed or has been detected by radar.
1. Remain calm. Get inside a building or car.
2. Do not use the telephone, except for emergencies.
3. Do not use bathtubs, water faucets, and sinks. Metal pipes can conduct electricity.
4. A car offers some protection from lightning, but can be a dangerous place to be during a flash flood or tornado.
5. Get to higher ground if flash flooding is possible
6. Report any emergency to Public Safety at x7191 (from cell phone: 845.222.8812) on the Rockland Campus, or x6198 on the Manhattan Campus. If life threatening, dial 911.
7. Emergency Response Coordinators will monitor TV, radio, and local information for flood watch and warning advisory statement information.
During severe weather, the Vice President and Treasurer in conjunction with the Executive Vice President may make the decision to close the campus, move certain offices or move people to shelter areas. Notifications will be made through the Telephone Contact System. A message will also be posted on the Emergency Announcement line.
IF OUTSIDE AND NO TIME TO REACH A SAFE BUILDING OR CAR:
1. Do not stand under a tall tree in an open area, on a hilltop, in an open field or on a beach. Get away from fences and poles.
2. Get away from open water.
3. Get away from all metal equipment.
4. Get away from motorcycles, bicycles, and scooters. Do not hold metal objects.
5. If you feel your skin tingle or your hair stand on end, squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet. Place your hands on your knees with your head between them. Make yourself the smallest target possible; minimize your contact with the ground.