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CORNELL UNIVERSITY POLICE DEPARTMENT

Emergency Procedures

 

Safety Protocol: Disruptive Individuals

Safety Protocol: Disruptive Individuals

Safety Protocol: Armed Subjects

Safety Protocol: Armed Subjects

Evacuation

Students, faculty and staff:

  1. Evacuate when prompted by continuous sounding fire alarms or by an official announcement.
  2. Be aware of and make use of designated primary and alternate evacuation routes.
  3. Close classroom or office doors as you leave if it safe to do so.
  4. Leave the building in an orderly manner without rushing or crowding—DO NOT USE THE ELEVATOR.
  5. Provide aid to those who need it in an emergency evacuation situation.
  6. Be aware of and follow instructions given by CUPD and other officials. You may be asked to proceed on foot to designated areas or evacuate the campus entirely.
    • Always evacuate crosswind and/or upwind away from any emergency by a safe route.
    • Evacuate to at least 300 feet from the building and out of the way of emergency vehicles and personnel.
  7. Report to emergency responders any individuals who have been injured or left behind.
  8. DO NOT re-enter the building until all-clear is given by official announcement.

Evacuation Emergencies

In most cases, the evacuation would apply only to the buildings that are immediately affected. In some cases, such as local terrorism, chemical accidents, flooding, tornado, or earthquake, the evacuation could apply to the entire campus.

  • Major Fire or Explosion
  • Hazardous Materials Release
  • Chemical/Biological/Radiological Spill
  • Aircraft Collision with Building
  • Flooding
  • Earthquake
  • Structural Failure
  • Asbestos Release
  • Bomb Threat
  • Weapons
  • Local Level Terrorism

 

Severe or Inclement Weather

Severe or Inclement Weather Warning

Students, faculty and staff:

Seek shelter immediately in designated areas.

A. If inside a building:

  1. Go to the lowest level of the building, if possible.
  2. Stay away from windows.
  3. Go to an interior hallway.
  4. Use arms to protect head and neck in a “drop and tuck” position.

B. If there is no time to get inside:

  1. Lie in a ditch or low-lying area or crouch near a strong building.
  2. Be aware of potential for flooding.
  3. Use arms to protect head and neck in a “drop and tuck” position.
  4. Use jacket, cap, backpack or any similar items, if available, to protect face and eyes.

Shelter-in-Place : Tornado

Tornado Watch or Warning

Students, faculty and staff:

A. IF TORNADO IS SIGHTED NEAR THE UNIVERSITY

  1. Dial 911 from a campus phone or 255-1111 to report tornado sighting to the CUPD dispatcher.
  2. Seek a safe shelter inside a building, in a ditch or beside an embankment.

B. IF A TORNADO IS IMMINENT NEAR YOU

  1. Use interior hallways away from building’s exterior windows as a tornado shelter.
    • Close all doors to rooms with exterior windows.
    • Avoid all windows and other glassed areas.
    • Avoid the most dangerous locations of a building, usually along south and west sides and at corners.
  2. Protect yourself by going into a “drop and tuck” position.

 

Shelter-in-Place : Hazardous Material

Students, faculty and staff:

  1. Receive a shelter-in-place announcement from CUPD or EH&S staff.
  2. Immediately move indoors.
  3. Close all windows and doors to shelter and seal as best you can, using towels, clothes or paper.
  4. If there appears to be air contamination within the shelter, place a paper mask, wet handkerchief or wet paper towel over the nose and mouth for temporary respiratory protection.
  5. Continue to follow the instructions given by the response authorities.

Shelter-in-Place Defined

Sheltering-in-place is the use of any classroom, office or building for the purpose of providing temporary shelter for any of the following reasons:

  • Hazardous Material Release
  • Chemical Truck Overturning
  • Chemical Train Derailment
  • Chemical Facility Accident
  • Pipeline Rupture
  • Terrorist Attack
  • Biological Agents
  • Chemical Agents
  • Radiological Release
  • Drill

High-level Security Measures