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Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

Our mission is to assist the campus in mitigating for, preparing for, responding to and recovering from the effects of all hazards (natural, technological and/or man-made). Several departments on campus and external response organizations assist with our mission by participating in trainings, exercises/drills, the planning process and support during actual events.

In addition, SUNY Plattsburgh OEM has created an Emergency Management Advisory Committee (EMAC) to provide guidance with creating policies, emergency planning and assisting during campus incidents. The EMAC is comprised of representatives in the campus community including a student representative, appointed by the Student Association.


Or University Police 518-564-2022 to report an Emergency

Emergency Procedures

Information on how to respond to different Emergency situations.


Committed to Safety

The SUNY Plattsburgh Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is dedicated to the safety and well-being of our students, employees and visitors, as well as protecting property.

If You See Something Say Something

If you see something suspicious taking place on campus, report that behavior or activity to University Police, or in the case of emergency call 9-1-1. Factors such as race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation alone are not suspicious. You should report only suspicious behavior and situations (e.g., an unattended backpack in a public place or someone trying to break into a restricted area) rather than beliefs, thoughts, ideas, expressions, associations, or speech unrelated to terrorism or other criminal activity.

Emergency Notification and Communication

SUNY Plattsburgh provides notification to the campus regarding situations that pose a threat to the safety and well-being of our community through several notification methods. Depending on the situation, these communication methods would include one or more of the following:

  • SUNY NY Alert
  • SUNY Plattsburgh Home Page
  • Messages on SUNY Plattsburgh social media
  • Campus email lists
  • Local television and radio
  • Public address systems

Outdoor Warning Sirens

SUNY Plattsburgh has installed outdoor warning sirens, designed to be activated when there is an imminent threat to life and safety on or around campus, such as an active shooter, a severe weather emergency, etc. Sirens are designed to only be heard outdoors. Upon activation, a tone will sound from the speakers signaling an emergency. When heard, the campus community should take the following actions:

  • STOP: Stop what you are doing.
  • OBSERVE: Observe your immediate surroundings for danger.
  • SHELTER: Shelter in place and seek additional information from SUNY NY Alert (text, e-mail, cell phone, and landline), campus e-mail or the college website.

Once it is determined the situation no longer poses a threat, an “all clear” message will be provided through one or several means of the campus’ notification systems noted above.

The Emergency Notification System will be tested periodically during the year to ensure it is functioning properly. Notification will be made prior to any testing.

Press play below to hear what SUNY Plattsburgh's Outdoor Warning Siren sounds like.

Additional Emergency Resources

Helpful campus and non-campus safety and emergency resources.

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