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Campus Emergency Resources


If You Encounter an Emergency:

Dial 911 or contact University Police at 518-564-2022

Building Contacts

Building contacts are designated volunteers who help assist with promoting the health, safety and well-being of occupants within their building, and assisting the campus in the time of need during campus incidents/events and drills. Building contacts can be easily identified during evacuations because they will wear a fluorescent green safety vest with the words “Building Contact” on the back. They can also be identified in poorly lit situations because they will carry a green glow stick.

During an evacuation, you should exit the building and go to your assembly point. If there are any issues during the evacuation, please seek out a building contact and report those issues to them.

When it is safe to return to the building, the building contacts will blow their whistles, using three short blows. They will continue this while going around the building. This is the all-clear signal, indicating that it is safe to return to the building.

If you are interested in becoming a building contact, please email Michael Caraballo at [email protected] for more information.

Role & Responsibility of a Building Contact

  • Be familiar with campus emergency procedures.
  • Promote awareness of proper evacuation procedures and assist with orderly evacuations.
  • Identify special needs for injured/disabled people, and notify emergency responders
  • Assist those in need during campus emergencies.
  • Identify and report general building safety and security concerns to the appropriate service department:
    • Deficiencies in signage
    • Damaged/missing signage, posters on fire doors, etc.
    • Unsafe building conditions
    • Slip, trip and fall hazards; access/egress obstacles, physical damage, etc.).
  • Disseminate emergency/critical information to building occupants upon request. Assist other Building Contacts if needed.

Who is My Building Contact?

View an alphabetical list of Building Contacts

Links to Important Emergency Information

Emergency Information for Faculty and Instructors in the Classroom

The importance of emergency preparedness extends into the classroom. Students, even in higher education settings, look to the instructor for guidance and definitive action during an emergency.

Faculty and instructors who take a few minutes at the start of each semester to familiarize their students with basic evacuation and emergency procedures will find a peace of mind that they and their students are better prepared for an emergency.

Faculty and instructors are presented with a unique challenge in emergency planning as they travel between buildings and classrooms delivering lectures and guiding lab activities. The following information is intended to serve as a quick reference during emergencies.

Students, even in the university environment, look to the person at the front of the class as the leader of the group. Even in classes as small as 5 individuals, students expect the instructor to have answers and a clear plan when an emergency occurs.

  • What should I do as the instructor?
    • Clearly cover the basic emergency procedures for the class during the first week of class (10 minutes of pre-planning can save lives).
    • Know how to report an emergency from the classroom.
    • Communicate the evacuation route and assembly area outside the building in case of emergency.
    • Ask students if they have emergency training such as CPR or first aid and be prepared to call on them in an emergency.
    • Evacuate the classroom if a medical emergency occurs to allow emergency responders to access the victim.
    • Persons with special needs, who self-identify, should be able to provide information on special assistance needs if an emergency occurs. Persons with special needs may need assistance leaving the building during an evacuation.
    • Most importantly: Provide leadership if an emergency arises and follow emergency procedures for all building alarms and emergencies.
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