World events have again focused attention on the need, both in our own homes and while away from home, to think carefully about the resources needed to keep us safe and secure in the case of an emergency or unforeseen event.
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. We are also indeed very fortunate that New York City has one of the most advanced and responsive public safety systems in the world.
Barnard has taken the following steps to increase our emergency preparedness:
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 the following instructions.
|LeFrak Gymnasium||Hewitt Dining Room||Lower Level McIntosh|
Residents and occupants of Brooks, Hewitt, Reid, and Sulzberger Halls.
Occupants of Altschul, McIntosh and Lehman Halls.
|Residents of 600, 616, and 620 W. 116th Street, 601 West 110th Street, and 210/212 West 104th Street.||
Residents and occupants of Plimpton and Elliott Halls.
Occupants of Milbank and Barnard Halls.
Should any of these locations be inaccessible, you should proceed to one of the other available areas designated for assembly. Once you are assembled, College officials and others will, depending on the nature of the emergency, 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 if there are alternative sites that you may relocate to, and to provide them with as much contact information as possible.
Please also understand that there are certain emergency conditions 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 public safety officials to remain indoors with doors and windows closed. That is why it is particularly important that you follow the directions of campus officials and other public safety workers. Read an explanation of the direction to "shelter in place".
There are a number of helpful resources available online to assist you in any personal preparations you may wish to make. The following are some websites that are often recommended as a good starting point for basic emergency preparations:
If you have any comments, suggestions or concerns about the College’s Emergency Management Plan, please contact the General Counsel's office.