Evacuation and Emergency Response

Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures

Emergency Evacuation

 In every building on campus, there are exit signs and evacuation plans, which are affixed to the walls. You should become familiar with the exit routes and evacuation plans before an emergency occurs. In the event of an emergency, please remain calm, gather only what clothing would be required for the current weather conditions and exit the building.

DO NOT USE ELEVATORS IN TIMES OF EMERGENCY! 

Emergency response is the responsibility of the Department of Public Safety. Should the situation demand further response, mutual aid is provided by the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department. Public Safety will direct you further depending on the situation. If a different location for your safety is required they will coordinate that move. Evacuation drills are conducted each semester. During these drills, if you notice anything that may cause a safety concern during a real evacuation please notify the Department of Public Safety. These drills are also evaluated to make further improvements to the evacuation policy and procedure. Evacuation drills are not announced and are also conducted with volunteer Fire Wardens who act as support for the Department of Public Safety. 

Evacuation Procedures

 In the event of an emergency, please remain calm, gather only what clothing would be required for the current weather conditions and exit the building. Public Safety Officers and volunteer Fire Wardens are there to assist and ensure the evacuation is complete. Public Safety will respond and provide further directions, depending on the situation. If a different location for the students’ safety is required they will coordinate that move.

 In case of a fire you should: 

  1. Activate building fire alarm system
  2.  Call 6 on any campus telephone. On cellular or off campus phone dial 201-447-9200 or 911.
  3. Report the exact location of fire.

In the event that a fire alarm sounds, please follow these procedures:

 A. Feel the closed door of your room:

If it feels hot or the hallway is filled with smoke DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR. Go to your window and wait for rescue.
- If the door is cool, CLOSE YOUR WINDOWS before opening the door slowly.

 B. Upon leaving the room, leave the lights on and the door CLOSED. Be sure to take your coat and key with you. 

 C. If you cannot leave the room: 

 1. Open the windows if there is smoke; if there is no smoke, leave the windows closed to prevent outside smoke from being drawn into the room.
 2. Seal cracks around the door with towels, damp if possible.
 3. If you are trapped, attract attention by hanging an object from the window – the brighter the color, the better. If outside smoke is drawn in, close the window, leaving the object hanging. 

D. If smoke is severe, place a wet cloth over your nose, and remember to stay low, close to the floor where it is cooler and the air is cleaner. 

E. When you are evacuating a building:

1. Walk at a brisk pace, but DO NOT RUN. Go to the nearest exit or stairway.
2. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS.
3. Follow the posted specific corridor instructions as to proper exit route and assembly point.
4. Move in a single file along the wall upon which the exit is located. Once outside the building move at least 100 ft. away from the building.
5. Do not reenter the building until instructed to do so by a Public Safety Officer or volunteer Fire Warden.