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Campus Emergency Procedures

Emergency Numbers — University Police 518-564-2022 or 911

Emergency situations can arise at any time and from many causes. Emergencies on campus could range from chemical spills, fires, and civil disturbances affecting large numbers of people to personal emergencies impacting an individual or small groups. SUNY Plattsburgh has established emergency procedures to follow so that the effects of those emergencies can be minimized. This site contains instructions to assist members of the Plattsburgh community in responding to a variety of emergencies. 


Emergency Phone Numbers


Off Campus

  • Emergency/Fire/Police/Ambulance: Dial 9-1-1


Other Crisis Lines


The information and procedures outlined here are general and basic. Common sense should dictate reaction to emergency situations. Please read the procedures thoroughly BEFORE an emergency occurs and become familiar with your building and your building contact

  • Active Shooter Preparedness

    An "active shooter" is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area. Although the likelihood of an active-shooter incident in our organization is small, recent events remind us that we are not immune from these types of tragedies. In most cases, there is no particular pattern to the active shooter’s selection of victims. Some common motives for the violence are anger, revenge, and ideology.

    If you encounter an active-shooter situation, you must quickly determine the most practical way to protect your own life. You will need to decide whether to — RUN, HIDE or FIGHT!

    Run - if there is an accessible escape path

    • Leave your belongings behind
    • Help others escape, if possible
    • Do not attempt to move the wounded
    • Prevent others from entering an area where the active shooter may be
    • Keep your hands visible
    • Call 911 or University Police (518-564-2022) when you are safe

    Hide - if evacuation is not possible

    • Hide in an area out of the shooter’s view
    • Lock door or block entry to your hiding place
    • Silence your cell phone (including vibrate mode) and remain quiet

    Fight - Take action by disrupting the shooter — but only as a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger.

    • Fight as a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger
    • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter
    • Act with as much physical aggression as possible
    • Improvise weapons or throw items at the active shooter
    • Commit to your actions . . . your life depends on it

    When Law Enforcement Arrives

    The first officers to arrive on scene will not stop to help the injured. Expect rescue teams to follow initial officers. These rescue teams will treat and remove injured.

    What to Do

    • Remain calm and follow instructions
    • Drop items in your hands (e.g., bags, jackets)
    • Raise hands and spread fingers
    • Keep hands visible at all times
    • Avoid quick movements toward officers, such as holding on to them for safety
    • Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling
    • Do not ask questions when evacuating

    Information to Provide to 911 Operations

    • Location of the active shooter
    • Number of shooters
    • Physical description of shooters
    • Number and type of weapons shooter has
    • Number of potential victims at location

    Once you have reached a safe location, you will likely be held in that area by law enforcement until the situation is under control, and all witnesses have been identified and questioned. Do not leave the area until law enforcement authorities have instructed you to do so.

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