Safety and Security
In the event of a life-threatening situation, dial 911 directly. Then notify the Nyack College Campus Safety Department by dialing x7191 from a campus phone or (845) 222-8812 from a private or public phone for the Rockland Campus, or x6198 for the Manhattan Campus.
Prompt reporting helps improve campus safety.
Instructions to evacuate if not instigated by an audio alarm will be given via NyackAlert.
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.
To assist the visually impaired:
- Announce the type of emergency.
- Offer your arm for guidance.
- Tell the person where you are going and obstacles you encounter.
- When you reach safety, ask if further help is needed.
To assist hearing impaired:
- Turn lights on/off to gain the person’s attention.
- Indicate directions with gestures or write a note with evacuation instructions.
People using crutches, canes or walkers:
- Evacuate these individuals as injured persons.
- Assist and accompany to evacuation site if possible.
- Use a sturdy chair (or one with wheels) to move the person or help carry individual.
- Non-ambulatory persons’ needs and preferences vary.
- Individuals at ground floor locations may exit without help. Others have minimal ability to move and lifting may be dangerous.
- Some non-ambulatory persons have respiratory complications. Remove them from smoke and vapors immediately.
- Wheelchair users with electrical respirators get priority assistance.
- Most wheelchairs are too heavy to take down stairs. Consult with the person to determine best carry options.
- 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 by dialing x7191 from a campus phone or (845) 222-8812 from a private or public phone for the Rockland Campus, or x6198 for the Manhattan Campus to request rescue assistance. Be sure to give name, specific location and any other important information. If possible, signal out 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.
10. 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. See also next section for evacuating Residence Halls. See Appendix for Building/Area Safety Coordinators, Checklist and Building Diagrams.
11. Do not reenter the building until emergency personnel give the “all clear” signal.
Roseberry evacuates to North Campus lot
Bailey Library evacuates to North Campus lot
Bell Tower House evacuates to North Campus lot
Betty Knopp evacuates to Gazebo
Betty Olsen evacuates to Boon upper lot
Boon Campus Center evacuates to Boon parking areas
Bowman Gymnasium and Field House evacuate to Moseley field
Facilities evacuates to parking area
Christie Hall evacuates to the front lawn (riverside) of Bethesda
Education Department at Hilltop School evacuates to Hilltop School lot
Fitness Center at Hilltop School evacuates to Hilltop School lot
Lookout evacuates to Pardington south lawn
Music Education Building evacuates to Pardington south lawn
Pardington Practice Hall evacuates to Pardington south lawn
Pardington evacuates to Pardington south lawn
Shuman evacuates to the upper lot behind the building
Sky Lodge evacuates to the far end of the lot next to the building
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. To assist in the evacuation effort, each building will be equipped with an emergency evacuation kit. The emergency evacuation kit will be located in a central location. Should the Building/Area Safety Coordinator not be present at the time of the evacuation, the next staff in line (alternate) should locate the evacuation kit and begin organizing faculty/staff into smaller units at the evacuation site.
Physical head counts after evacuation
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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:
- Provide his or her class with general information relating to emergency procedures during the first week of class.
- Know how to report an emergency from the classroom being used.
- 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.
- Take responsible charge of the classroom and follow emergency procedures for all building alarms and emergencies.
- Know evacuation routes as well as the pre-determined evacuation assembly area.
- 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.
- Suggested materials to have in class: roster and important telephone numbers.
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.