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Response for Medical Emergencies

In any situation that requires an immediate medical, fire, or police response to preserve life or property you should call 911.  Cornell is part of the country-wide emergency response system, and Cornell Police are the on-campus 911 liaisons and primary emergency response agency.

  • On 253- 254- and 255- prefix Cornell-system phones, lift the receiver, wait for the dial tone, and press 911. There's no need to press "9" first for an outside line.
  • On Cornell Blue Light and other campus-emergency phones, just lift the receiver or press the button. These phones all have a direct connection to Cornell Police for emergencies, assistance, or information.
  • On pay phones, lift the receiver, wait for the dial tone, and press 911. No coins are needed.
  • On other non-Cornell-system phones, lift the receiver, wait for the dial tone, and press 911.
  • If you call 911 on a cellular phone on campus (or anywhere in Tompkins County), your call will be routed to the Tomkins County 911 Center. Because cellular calls go to many "cell sites," your 911 call may not be answered close to your location. Describe as clearly as possible the location and nature of the emergency and the call will be routed to Cornell Police or other appropriate local emergency-response agency.

Environmental Health and Services Emergency Services staff are on duty 24 hours a day to respond to campus emergencies.  Both Emergency Services vehicles are equipped with Automated External Defibrillators and will respond to most calls for medical assistance on campus. Our responders work very closely with the Cornell University Emergency Medical Services group (CUEMS). The responder’s primary mission is to be the liaison for incoming fire departments and ambulances from local agencies. 

Cornell University Emergency Medical Services, (CUEMS) is a trained student-volunteer group that has been providing emergency medical care to the Cornell community for more than 25 years.  CUEMS responds to all 911 calls for medical assistance and evaluation 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the academic year. CUEMS provides patient care to the level of NYS EMT-B.  The level of volunteer training ranges from Basic First Aid to NYS Critical Care EMT.   All members undergo continual refresher training.