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Disaster and Emergency Preparedness: Fordham University Emergency Procedures

This guide provides resources on disasters and emergency preparedness.

Emergency Information

Emergency Operation Centers at Fordham University: 

Rose Hill: Department of Public Safety, Thebaud Hall Annex

Lincoln Center: Residential Life Office, McMahon Hall Lobby

Westchester: First-floor Conference Room 

Emergency Information Numbers:

  • 877-375-HELP (4357)
  • 800-280-SNOW (7669)
  • 718-817-5555
  • 212-636-7777

Department of Public Safety
Rose Hill
Extension: 2222 or 5832
Phone: 718-817-2222 or 718-817-5832

Lincoln Center
Extension: 6076
Phone: 212-930-8888 or 212-636-6076

Extension: 3333
Phone: 914-367-3001 or 914-367-3333

Medical Emergency or Ambulance Request

Medical Emergency or Ambulance Request

Immediate Steps:

  • Never attempt to move a seriously injured person unless a life-threatening condition exists in the immediate area.
  • Stay with the injured/ill person and either call the Department of Public Safety yourself or ask for someone else to do so (when possible) if it requires leaving the area.
  • Summon help immediately by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the numbers below and/or call 911.

When reporting the medical emergency, provide the following information:

  • Type of emergency
  • Location of the victim
  • Condition of the victim
  • Any dangerous conditions
  • Your identity and the identity of the victim (if known)

While waiting for emergency personnel:

  • Provide first aid or CPR if you are trained and qualified to do so.
  • Have someone stand by to flag down and direct the ambulance when it arrives.

When emergency personnel arrive:

  • Wash any area on your body that has been exposed to another person's bodily fluids.
  • Notify the emergency personnel of such exposure.
  • Report the exposure to your supervisor (staff) or to the Student Health Center (students).

Severe Weather

Severe Weather

If you receive warning that severe weather is approaching:

  • Proceed to a safe area where you can stay inside and have access to weather related information.
  • Ensure that you are dressed appropriately for the anticipated weather.

In a severe thunderstorm:

  • Take cover immediately.
  • Avoid trees.
  • Avoid metal, electrical equipment, telephones, bathtubs, water faucets,and sinks.
  • Completely steer clear of downed power lines.

In a flash flood:

  • Seek high ground.
  • Do not attempt to drive a vehicle through standing or running water.

In a tornado:

  • Go to the basement or lowest point of your building, or an interior room or hallway without windows.

In a tropical storm/hurricane watch:

  • Pay attention to local weather forecasts and bulletins for further directions.
  • Bring inside any loose lightweight objects (i.e., garbage cans, furniture, etc.)
  • Close windows and doors.

In all cases of anticipated or actual severe weather:

  • Information will be available by calling the Fordham University Emergency Information Numbers, which are 877-375-HELP (4357), 800-280-SNOW (7669),718-817-5555, or 212-636-7777.

Fordham University Evacuation Procedures

Evacuation Procedures

If a fire alarm sounds or a building evacuation is otherwise ordered:

  • Immediately evacuate the building.
  • Rescue or assist people in immediate danger, but only if you can safely do so without endangering yourself.
  • Steer clear of elevators. Use stairways for emergency evacuation.

Upon evacuation of the building:

  • Stay 200 feet away from the building.
  • Report the names of anyone missing to the emergency response personnel along with their last known location.
  • Do not attempt to reenter a building that has been evacuated until public safety personnel advises that it is safe to do so.



As soon as you become aware of a fire:

  • Pull the nearest fire alarm device or make sure an alarm has already been sent.
  • Notify the Department of Public Safety (see numbers below).
  • If fire occurs in your room, leave immediately and close the door behind you.
  • Follow the directions of fire wardens, public safety personnel, resident assistants, or resident directors.
  • Follow building evacuation directions. Never go to the roof.
  • Exit quickly and move at least 200 feet away from the building. Do not remain in lobby or near entrances as first responders need access for their personnel/equipment.
  • Notify fire wardens/public safety personnel of the location of anyone injured or with physical challenges still within the complex. If safe to do so, assist them to a secure location close to an evacuation stairwell.
  • Stay away from elevators. Use the stairs only.
  • Check doors before opening. If they are warm to the touch, do not enter.

Note: Extinguish a fire only if you are trained to use a fire extinguisher and an alarm has been sent.

Gas Leaks

Gas Leaks

Signs- S-S-H:

  • Smell: Strong Odor Similar to Rotten Eggs.
  • See: White cloud, Mist, Fog, Bubbles in Standing Water.
  • Hear: Hissing or Whistling

In Case of a Gas Leak on Campus:

  • Immediately notify the Department of Public Safety.
  • Do not use any electrical device- including a doorbell or light switch- as it could create a spark.
  • Open windows.
  • Evacuate building.
  • Remain at least 1,000 feet away from the building.

Information to Collect:

  • Building name
  • Floor number
  • Room number
  • Specific chemical name of the involved gas (if known)
  • Estimated volume involved (if known)

Utility Failure

Utility Failure

Emergency Power Failure:

  • If there is an emergency power failure, or someone trapped in an elevator, it should be reported immediately to the Department of Public Safety.

Minor Power Failure:

  • Minor failures of electricity, water, and/or gas should be reported to Facilities Operations at the following numbers during weekday business hours.
  • During off hours, notifications should be made to the Department of Public Safety numbers listed above.