The CARES Department has developed emergency protocols to provide members of the Barnard College community with important information on how to respond to a broad range of emergencies that may impact campus. Individual preparedness is also important, we encourage members of the community to think about personal preparedness as well as being familiar with campus information and resources.
Fire Safety personnel attend to preventative efforts and regular inspection of safety measures to reduce risks and avoid hazards related to fire and life safety practices across campus. While there is no way to fully anticipate the exact nature of the emergencies and challenges that we as a community may face, at Barnard we have focused our efforts on improving basic emergency management procedures in the event of an unforeseen event as well as emergency response protocols for various emergencies. We are also indeed very fortunate that New York City has one of the most advanced and responsive public safety systems in the world.
Building Evacuation Procedures / “Shelter in Place”
In the event of a large-scale emergency, residents and occupants of buildings may be instructed, by alarms or announcements, to evacuate buildings. Should this occur, please follow these instructions.
- Upon an alarm activation or by announcement, check your surrounding area for any hazards.
- Immediately and calmly leave the building as signaled/instructed. Close the door to the room or office you are leaving, but do not lock them when exiting.
- If confronted with heavy smoke or heat, stay low or crawl towards the nearest safe exit.
- Proceed carefully and quickly to the nearest exit and proceed to lower floors using the stairs. Do not use elevators.
- Proceed to assembly points and await further instructions from staff, who will direct you to additional spaces should the need arise.
- If you need assistance with evacuation, immediately contact CARES Response Line at 212-854-3362 to advise of your location and share current conditions. If you do not feel or see fire or smoke where you are, shelter in place and await further instructions.
- If you recognize that a friend or colleague has not evacuated and you cannot reach them, contact the CARES Response Line at 212-854-3362 to share information.
- Community Safety personnel will be there to respond to the emergency and to provide direction and assistance.
|Building||Evacuation Assembly Points Outdoor||Evacuation Assembly Points Indoor|
|600 W 116th Street||North side of 116th Street||Lobby of 616|
|616 W 116th Street||North side of 116th Street||Lobby of 620|
|620 W 116th Street||North side of 116th Street||Lobby of 616|
|110th Street College Residence||Northeast Corner of 110th St and Riverside|
|121st Street||Southeast corner of 121st Street & Broadway|
|Altschul Hall||Milbank Courtyard and Northeast Corner of Claremont & 120th Street||Diana Center Oval, Student Dining Room|
|Barnard Hall||Arthur Ross Courtyard - Quad||Sulzberger Annex & Sulzberger lobby|
|Cathedral Gardens||Northwest Corner of Manhattan Ave and 109th Street|
|Diana Center||Milbank Courtyard||Altschul Hall: Lehman Auditorium & Atrium|
|Elliott Hall||Northwest Corner of 119th Street and Claremont Ave||
Diana Center Oval & Student Dining Room via Altschul Hall LL Entrance
Northwest Corner of 120th Street and Broadway
Northwest Corner of 120th Street and Claremont Ave
|Diana Center Oval & Student Dining Room|
|Milstein Center||Westside of Claremont Ave corner of 116th St||Diana Center Oval & Student Dining Room|
|Plimpton Hall||Northeast Corner of 120th Street and Amsterdam Ave|
|Quad (Brooks, Hewitt, Reid, & Sulzberger)||Main Gate Courtyard and Corner of 116th St and Broadway||Barnard Hall Lobby, then to additional locations as directed|
In the event that it is necessary to leave a building or buildings for an extended period, the College has designated the following locations for assembly:
Hewitt Student Dining Room and Lower Level of the Diana Center
Should any of these locations be inaccessible, proceed to one of the other available areas designated for assembly. Once assembled, College officials and others, depending on the nature of the emergency, will advise members of the community of the options and resources available to them, including alternate sleeping arrangements, meals, medical treatment, communications options, and other services.
Experience has shown that certain members of the College population will voluntarily leave campus under emergency conditions. Some will go to relatives or friends, while others will attempt to get home. For this reason, we strongly suggest that you let your family know ahead of time where you may relocate in the event of an emergency and provide as much contact information as possible.
Certain emergency conditions may arise under which it is advisable that people remain inside. This is often referred to as shelter in place. In such instances, you will be advised by College or community safety officials to remain indoors with doors and windows closed. It is important to follow the directions of campus officials and other community safety workers.
There are a number of helpful resources available online to assist in any personal preparations you may wish to make. The following websites are a good starting point for basic emergency preparations:
Barnard's Emergency Number: 212-854-6666
If off-campus in the event of an emergency, including residents of Cathedral Gardens (W 110th St) and College Residence (610 W 110th St): Dial 911
Active Shooter Information
Emergency preparedness training includes information about response to Active Shooter circumstances. The College utilizes guidance provided by the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, and New York City and State Emergency Management. Download a helpful summary of instructions to Avoid-Barricade-Confront (ABC) extreme violence, such as an active shooter situation.
Barnard College’s Emergency Plan
Barnard has taken the following steps to increase our emergency preparedness:
- Barnard’s Emergency Management Plan has been updated and provides for a clear communications protocol and the formation of an Emergency Management Team to respond to large-scale campus and citywide emergencies. Senior members of the staff remain in regular contact with local, state, and federal agencies and receive the most up-to-date information and advice on the nature of the risks and the precautions to be taken. Our AVP for CARES attends regular briefings offered by the NYC Police concerning the City’s emergency preparedness.
- Senior staff members participate in Columbia University’s Emergency Management Operations Team, and we have agreed to share resources, information, and support services as needed. Read Columbia’s latest statement on emergency preparedness.
- Primary and backup emergency centers have been designated on campus, and a third backup center is being considered on the Columbia University campus. These areas will be used to direct the College’s activities in the event of a major disruption. These areas have backup utilities and equipment, communications capabilities, copies of critical college documents, rosters, building plans, and other essential contact information.
- Barnard Hall, the Hewitt dining room and the lower level of the Diana Center will be used as staging areas in the event that campus buildings are evacuated and cannot be reoccupied.
- Columbia University and Barnard College are in the process of creating an automated, multiuser call-in number that can be used to disseminate basic information about campus, neighborhood, and citywide conditions.