Evacuation Procedures

Emergency Notifications

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It is the goal of BMCC to plan for the safe and orderly evacuation of all individuals, during an emergency. With that goal in mind BMCC conducts drills during the fall, spring and Summer Semesters.  Drills are conducted both day and night and at the main campuses and at the non-campus locations.

Training:

BMCC Public Safety has certified instructors for Campus CERT(C-CERT), Fire-Warden, and AED/CPR&First-Aid.  The training helps to ensure that we provide a safe and secure environment, and can promise reliable and knowledgeable First Responder assistance to our campus community.

Evacuation Procedures:

Evacuation of People with Disabilities
a) Do not use elevators or escalators.
**The NYFD may override the rule against using the elevator in order to evacuate people.

b) Alert the hearing impaired to an emergency and initiate their evacuation.

c) Mobility impaired person/persons who cannot navigate the staircase should stage at the nearest elevator bank to them. They should remain at that location until a determination has been by the NYFD concerning the safest from of evacuation.
1) Disabled students, faculty, and staff should develop a "buddy system" (should be advised at the start of each semester by the Disability Coordinator)
2) The "buddy system" designates a specific volunteer to assist and take responsibility for a person during an emergency on Campus.

d) BMCC Public Safety Staff will do a sweep of the elevator banks on Campus and alert supervisory staff as to:
Which elevator banks have person/persons staged and the number at each bank

Assisting a person with a disability
e) Assisting mobility impaired/disabled person/persons in an emergency:
**People with disabilities may require assistance from other members of the
BMCC Community. An individual who can safely assist a person with a disability is requested to do.
**Always ask  someone with a disability how you can help before attempting any rescue technique or giving assistance. Ask how he or she can best be assisted or moved, and whether they have any special considerations or that needs Assistance Consideration (Blindness or Visual Impairment)

The following special considerations apply to assisting persons with blindness or visual impairment:
**Do not grasp a visually impaired person's arm; ask if he or she would like to hold onto your arm as you exit.

Give verbal instructions about the evacuation route using estimated distances and directional terms (Ex: twenty feet forward, turn right)

G) Evacuating a disabled or injured person yourself is a last resort. Consider
your options and risks of injuring yourself and others in an evacuation attempt.
Do not make an emergency situation worse. Evacuation may be difficult and uncomfortable for both the rescuers and the people being assisted. Some people have conditions that can be aggravated or triggered if they are moved incorrectly.
**Emergency Evacuation Chairs been placed strategically through the College at the following locations:

The Evac Chairs should only be sued as a last resort and only by someone who is properly trained operating the Evac-Chairs.
South Side
7 South/stair 5
'5 South/stair 5
4 South/ stair 4

North Side
7 North/stair 1
5 North/stair I
6 North/stair 2

Murray St.
11th Floor adjacent to rooms 1106a-1106b.

EVACUATION OF THE 199 CHAMBERS STREET BUILDING

When the emergency alarm sounds, stop whatever you are doing and exit the building as quickly and calmly as possible. The alarm has a loud repeating bell sound accompanied by flashing strobe lights. Follow the evacuation path posted in the room to the nearest staircase.

1) Do not panic
2) Do not ignore the alarm
3) Do not use the elevator or escalator.  The escalators will come to a slow, controlled stop and the elevators return to the first floor for use by emergency personnel.
4) Follow the directions of the Fire Wardens, C-CERT Team Members and Public Safety Staff.
5) Do not return to your classroom of office for any reason.
6) BMCC has a voice enunciator system to assist you in an emergency.  Listen carefully to any instructions given.
7) Please assist those needing special help.

EVACUATION PROCEDURES AT 70 MURRAY

Evacuation

In the event of an evacuation or other emergency BMCC Public Safety will coordinate its efforts with the 75 Park Pl Security and building management emergency protocols. When the audible alarm sounds begin and the strobe lights flash, follow the procedures listed below:

OR

Please Note: The Murray Street building follows a different evacuation protocol than 199 Chambers Street. It is imperative that you listen carefully and follow the directions over the public address system from the Fire Safety Officers in charge.

Elevators and Escalators

During an evacuation, elevators and escalators are NEVER to be used.

The senior fire official at the scene will determine if the elevators can be used to evacuate persons with disabilities from their staging area.

Reporting Emergencies

OR

B.) You can dial: x8080 (or 212-220-8080) which will connect you directly to BMCC's Public Safety, 24 hours a day.

Shelter in Place

Introduction
Although remote, there is always an emergency possibility that you will be instructed not to evacuate the campus, immediately.  In these cases, it is absolutely imperative that you listen carefully to and follow the instructions given over the emergency public address system or from members of the college¿s public safety staff.

Public Safety could instruct you to Shelter in Place when for example:
a) There is a release of airborne containments such as chemical materials, biological agents, or radioactive particles in the vicinity.
B) There is an armed or threatening intruder on campus that has not been isolated.
c) Infrastructure failures such as transportation, roads, extreme weather conditions, etc.

What to do:
Shelter in Place means that you should remain on campus and if instructed, inside a classroom or office.  Shelter in Place is prescribed when it appears to be more dangerous outside than inside.  As with evacuations, instructions to Shelter in Place will require you to act immediately.
a) Follow the directions given by public safety
b) If you see an armed individual, move to safety immediately and call 911, the college's emergency number (212 220 8080), or use the call boxes located in the hallways or inform the nearest member of the college staff
c) Close all doors and windows

Emergency Management

Once notified of such emergencies, the college's emergency management and incident response teams will establish a command center to coordinate responses with appropriate city, state or federal agencies.

Emergency Lockdown

Introduction
Traditionally college campus preparations for emergencies have relied principally on the fire drill or full evacuation of buildings approach.  However it is also critically important that we know how to respond to emergencies that require a Shelter in Place or an Emergency Lockdown response.  These emergencies procedures are the opposite of an evacuation.  No fire alarms will be used to inform students, faculty and staff of the emergency.  Instead, the college will initiate an emergency lockdown by suing the emergency public address system or by instructions given by public safety staff.

Emergency Lockdown and response protocols are of two types-Shelters in place and the implementing of tight perimeter control that prevent students, staff and faculty from entering the campus.
Campus response to an armed or threatening hostile intruder
An environmental hazard which involves (accidental or intentional) the release of harmful substance or extremely dangerous weather conditions.

What to do
Emergency lockdown means that there is an emergency condition that you are being instructed to remain on the campus and if instructed, to take refuge inside a classroom or office.  As with evacuation, if you are instructed to Lockdown or shelter in Place, you must act immediately.  An emergency lockdown is only ordered when there is a good reason to believe it is more dangerous outside than inside the building or enclosed room.
Follow the directions given over the public address system or public safety

If you see an armed individual, move to safety immediately can call 911, the college's emergency number, (212 220 8080) use the call boxes located in the hallways of inform the nearest member of the college staff.

Close all window  and doors
Depending on the type of emergency, you will be given additional instructions but it is important to remain calm through there emergency.

Emergency Management

Once notified of such emergencies, the college's emergency management and incident response teams will establish a command center to coordinate responses with appropriate city, state or federal agencies.

Also BMCC is committed to providing a secure and secure environment so that the academic mission of the College can flourish.  At BMCC Training and strong professional relationships are the anchor points of having a Ready Emergency Team.

BMCC has C-CERT trained Team Members working at all times, the Campus also has trained Fire-Wardens and Staff, Faculty and Students trained in CPR/AED/and First Aid.  Assist emergency personnel besides conducting emergency drills in every campus, BMCC conducts table-top and field functional exercises.

CUNY Alert is a new emergency notification system that will enable each of the University's campuses to advise students, faculty and staff of an emergency (a severe hurricane or snowstorm, for example), and provide timely information to protect lives and minimize campus disruption. CUNY has worked with the State Emergency Management Office to utilize the state's all-hazards alert and notification system, NY-Alert, for use by the CUNY campuses.

Depending upon the severity of the incident, CUNY Alert messages can range from specific instructions to general warnings. These notifications will be sent to members of your campus community who have signed up for CUNY Alert. Messages can be received via cell phone (text and/or voice), land line telephone and e-mail. You must "opt in" to receive alerts, and you can choose your preferred format or formats to receive the messages.
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How to Sign Up

To sign up for CUNY Alert at your campus visit www.cuny.edu/alert for step-by-step instructions. You'll be asked to provide at least one email address. You may also include a cell phone number and a provider to receive text message alerts and a phone number, either cell or land line, to receive voice alerts. You may list one phone number for each of these options, but you should be aware that the alert system will attempt to contact every number you list. Therefore, we advise that you list your preferred number for text messaging and/or your preferred number for voice messages. We suggest that you avoid using a CUNY phone number so that you can be reached at all times.

Policy Statement Addressing Timely Warnings

Timely Warnings
In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the President of the College or his/her designee, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus wide "timely warning" will be issued. The warning will be issued through the College's Alert Emergency Notification System (i.e. text and e-mail messages) to students, faculty, and staff the warning¿ will be posted on the College's web page and main phone number.

FITERMAN HALL EVACUATION PROCEDURES

BMCC is committed to providing a healthy and safe educational and working environment for our students, faculty, and staff.

Fire Alarm Systems: Fiterman Hall is equipped with fire alarm systems. All systems have and will be tested and inspected annually by a New York City certified fire alarm installer, and inspected daily by the BMCC Engineering Staff. All fire alarm systems are monitored 24/7 on campus by a central monitoring station as well as by the Security Officers on duty at Fiterman Hall. Fire alarm pull stations are located throughout Fiterman Hall The following are the Fire Safety Policies and Standard Operating Guidelines for BMCC, at Fiterman Hall.

Evacuation Procedures:

Whenever the fire alarm sounds, this will be both audible and flashing lights, you should evacuate Fiterman Hall immediately using the nearest exit also an enunciator system will direct you on what action to take. When the alarm system is activated, you should treat all alarms as the real thing – assume nothing! Behavior of any kind, which inadvertently activates a fire alarm, will be subject to disciplinary action. Failure to evacuate an area may also result in disciplinary action.

You will be directed by the enunciator system, BMCC Public Safety, Campus CERT Team Members, and Fire Wardens.

All faculty, staff, and students are required to evacuate the building during a fire alarm. If a fire alarm sounds, immediately proceed to the nearest exit. The last person out of an office or classroom should close the door.

Do not use the escalators.

Elevators

The elevators will be recalled to the first floor when:
1. A smoke detector in the elevator lobby goes into alarm.
2. When a water flow for the sprinkler system goes into alarm.

The elevators will remain in operation when:
3. Pull box is activated.
4. Area smoke detector, heat detector, duct detector are activated.
5. Pre- action system alarm is activated.

Fiterman Hall is equipped with two staircases, A and B.  Staircase A is on the east- side of the building located on the West Broadway side of Fiterman Hall.  Please exit on the West Broadway Side and proceed away from the building by making a left on West Broadway then a left on Park Place and cross over to Greenwich St.  Staircase B will allow you to exit at Barclay Street.  Please proceed away from the building and cross over to the park.

Staircase B which is located on the Southside of the building will allow you to exit the building on to Barclay Street. Please proceed away from the building and cross over to the park.

There are two spiral staircases one is on the South side of the building, and one is on the North side. The College strongly recommends that during an evacuation you do not use the spiral staircase. If you are on one of the spiral staircases during an evacuation please stay to the right and hold onto the handrail get off the next floor and use the staircase.

The Spiral Staircase on the North side goes from floors 10 to 4. Once you reach the 4th floor landing you should turn left and use staircase A to exit the building. The other spiral staircase is on the South side and goes from 10 to 5, once you reach the 5th floor you should turn left and use staircase B.

Move away from the building. Do not stand in front of or near the entrances to the building. Do not; block fire department access to the building.

Always know two ways out and familiarize yourself with the escape routes in the event of an emergency.

Evacuation of People with Disabilities

Mobility impaired person/persons who cannot navigate the staircase should stage at the nearest elevator bank to them. They should remain at that location until a determination has been by the NYFD concerning the safest from of evacuation.

1) Disabled students, faculty, and staff should develop a “buddy system” (should be advised at the start of each semester by the Disability Coordinator)

2) The "buddy system" designates a specific volunteer to assist and take Responsibility for a person during an emergency on Campus.

3) Assisting a person with a disability:

Assisting mobility impaired/disabled person/persons in an emergency:
**People with disabilities may require assistance from other members of the BMCC Community. An individual who can safely assist a person with a disability is requested to do.

**Always ask someone with a disability how you can help before attempting any rescue technique or giving assistance. Ask how he or she can best be assisted or moved, and whether they have any special considerations or that needs assistance consideration (Blindness or Visual Impairment)

The following special considerations apply to assisting persons with blindness or visual impairment:

**Do not grasp a visually impaired person's arm; ask if he or she would like to hold onto your arm as you exit. Give verbal instructions about the evacuation route using estimated distances and directional terms (Ex: twenty feet forward, turn right) Evacuating a disabled or injured person yourself is a last resort. Consider your options and risks of injuring yourself and others in an evacuation attempt. Do not make an emergency situation worse.

Evacuation may be difficult and uncomfortable for both the rescuers and the people being assisted. Some people have conditions that can be aggravated or triggered if they are moved incorrectly.

Training:

BMCC Public Safety has certified instructors for Campus CERT(C-CERT), Fire-Warden and AED/CPR&First-Aid. The training helps to ensure that we provide a safe and secure environment, and can promise reliable and knowledgeable first responder assistance to our campus community.

3) BMCC Public Safety Staff will do a sweep of the elevator banks on Campus and alert supervisory staff as to which elevator bank has people staged.

 

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