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    Emergency Procedures

     

    REPORTING AN EMERGENCY 

     

    NYPD / FDNY / EMS-AMBULANCE / HAZMAT Emergency – 911
    NON-EMERGENCY – 311 

    For Yeshiva University Security assistance

     

             Wilf Campus: (212) 960.5200 (24 Hour)
             Israel Henry Beren Campus: (212) 340.7460
             Cardozo Law School: (212) 790.0303
             24 Hour Emergency Number: (212) 960.5200

    Call 911 to report emergencies directly to the New York City Police, Fire and Emergency dial Services. If calling 911 while on campus, also call YU Security so we can expedite the emergency response.

    For smoke or fire, pull the Fire Alarm Pull Boxes, which are red in color, located adjacent to all fire exits. A signal is sent to the fire command station in the main lobby and to a central dispatch station that notifies the FDNY. When pulled, this device will also activate an audible fire alarm.

    Emergency Call Stations (Blue Lights) located on our Wilf campus these Blue lights provide emergency communication for our campus streets, parking areas and other outside places of public assembly. By pressing the emergency button a Security Officer will be dispatched to your location and you can engage in hands free conversation with Security. Blue Light call stations are located at the following locations:

    • 24 Laurel HILL Terrace
    • Laurel Hill Terrace (vicinity of rear entrance to gym)
    • 185th & Audubon (vicinity of Parking Lot B)
    • Amsterdam at 183rd (vicinity of parking Lot D)
    • 565 185th St. (Parking Lot H - opposite the Schottenstein Center)
    • 186th Street between Amsterdam and Laurel Hill (Parking Lot C)
    • 186th Street between Amsterdam and Audubon (Parking Lot A)
    • 497 West 182nd Street (Corner of Amsterdam & Laurel Hill)


    On Campus Emergency Numbers

        Wilf Campus Security (24 Hour) (212) 960-5200
        Beren Campus Security (212) 340-7460
        Cardozo Law School Security (212) 790-0303
        Chief of Security (212) 960-5221
        Director of Security (212) 960-5793
        Environmental Health & Safety (212) 568-3986
        Health Center (Wilf Campus) (646) 685-0391

    Hotline / Help-Line Numbers

        Hatzalah (212) 230-1000 or (212) 387-1750
        Hatzalah is a volunteer emergency medical response, similar to EMS, but built for the Jewish community to mitigate Cultural barriers and other religious concerns.
        Poison Control (800) 222-1222
        Child Abuse Reporting Center (800) 342-3720
        Crisis Intervention Hotline (212) 219-5599
        Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 621-HOPE
        National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (800) 843-5678
        Safe Horizon Crisis (Crime Victims) Hotline (212) 577-7777
        Sex Crimes Report Line (646) 610-7273

    Wilf Campus – 34th Precinct Non-Emergency Numbers

        34 Precinct (212) 927-9711
        Community Affairs (212) 927-0576
        Community Policing (212) 927-2640
        Crime Prevention (212) 927-9301
        Domestic Violence (212) 927-0821
        Youth Officer (212) 927-0701
        Auxiliary Coordinator (212) 927-0700
        Detective Squad (212) 927-0823 

    Beren Campus – 17th Precinct Non-Emergency Numbers

        17 Precinct (212) 826-3211
        Community Affairs (212) 826-3228
        Community Policing (212) 826-3212
        Crime Prevention (212) 826-3224
        Domestic Violence (212) 826-3210
        Youth Officer (212) 826-3207
        Auxiliary Coordinator (212) 826-3216
        Detective Squad (212) 826-3206

    Brookdale Residence Hall – Midtown South - Non-Emergency Numbers

        MTS Precinct (212) 927-9711
        Community Affairs (212) 927-0576
        Community Policing (212) 927-2640
        Crime Prevention (212) 927-9301
        Domestic Violence (212) 927-0821
        Youth Officer (212) 927-0701
        Auxiliary Coordinator (212) 927-0700
        Detective Squad (212) 927-0823 

    Cardozo Law – 6th Precinct Non-Emergency Numbers

        6th Precinct (212) 741-4811
        Community Affairs (212) 741-4826
        Community Policing (212) 741-4827
        Crime Prevention (212) 927-9301
        Domestic Violence (212) 741-4800
        Youth Officer (212) 741-4828
        Auxiliary Coordinator (212) 741-2032
        Detective Squad (212) 741-4841

     

    ACTIVE SHOOTER – CALL 911

     

    Although an Active Shooter incident is an extremely rare occurrence, the Yeshiva University Security Department recognizes this potential danger to the campus community and has developed an Active Shooter response plan jointly with the New York City Police Department. Rest assured, that as part of this response plan, both armed Yeshiva University Security Officers and the New York City Police Department will respond immediately to the threat.

    As a member of the Yeshiva University campus community your actions, when you become aware of an Active Shooter on campus, can save lives and support the law enforcement response efforts. Please review the following guidelines and feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.

    What is an Active Shooter and what should you do?

    An active shooter is defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as "an individual actively engaged in shooting or attempting to shoot people in a confined and populated area.”

    If you find yourself in an area with an active shooter you have three (3) basic options:

    Evacuate

    • If you are in the building where the active shooter is present, evacuate the building or move to a room that can be locked.
    • Look and listen to where the threat is. If you see members of the campus community fleeing from a particular area, this is a clear indication that the threat is in that area and may be coming toward you.
    • Move away from the threat, away from the noise and commotion.


    Lockdown or Shelter-in-Place

    • If you are near an office, classroom or residence hall room that locks from the inside, then this will be your best option. If your door does not lock, then barricade it.
    • Barricade the door with large heavy objects to make entry as difficult as possible (desks, tables, file cabinets, furniture, books, etc.)
    • Locate an area with ballistic cover, not just visual concealment. Cover stops and slows bullets while concealment does not. Think big-soda machines, copy machines, etc.
    • Cover windows and draw blinds
    • Turn off radios and computer monitors
    • Keep yourself out of sight
    • Silence cell phones and remain as quiet as possible
    • If for some reason you are caught in an open area such as a hallway or lounge you can try to hide, but make sure it is a well-hidden space. Remain as quiet and calm as possible or "play dead" to avoid detection.
    • Avoid hiding in restrooms, as they typically cannot be secured


    Confront the Shooter

    •   There is no single procedure that can be recommended in this situation.
    • As a last resort option, if you come face to face with the assailant, attempt to quickly overpower the individual with force in the most violent manner possible.
    • If you are with other people you should work as a collective group to overcome the shooter.
    • Remember, the attacker will continue to shoot victims unless he is stopped.


    What is your location on campus?

    1. If you are outside a building when an Active Shooter event occurs, you should take immediate cover, preferably inside another building or evacuate off campus.

    2. If you are inside a building where an Active Shooter is present, you should evacuate the building immediately only if you can safely do so.

    3. If you are unsure if you can evacuate safely or if you are in another building on campus and the shooter is not in your building, your best option maybe to lockdown and shelter-in place.

    Un-Securing an area

    •  Consider risks before un-locking rooms
    • Wait until emergency personnel give you an "all clear!"


    Contacting Authorities

    1. Dial 911 and

    2. Yeshiva University Campus Security  

    •  Wilf Campus  (212) 960-5200
    •  Beren Campus  (212) 340-7460
    •  Cardozo Law School  (212) 790-0303


    3. Program the Security Department telephone numbers into your cell phone.

    What to Report

    • Your specific location-building name and office/room number
    • Number of people at your specific location
    • Injuries-number injured, types of injuries
    • Assailant(s)-location, number of suspects, race/gender, clothing description, physical features, type of weapons (long gun or hand gun), backpack, shooters identity if known, separate explosions from gunfire, etc


    Police Response

    • Objective is to engage assailant(s) immediately
    • If evacuating, keep your hands out, open, above your head, and most importantly, keep your hands EMPTY  
    • Do not attempt to run towards or grab onto officers


    Re-Assembly Locations

    • Follow the instructions from emergency personnel when evacuating.
    • You will be directed to a re-assembly location on your campus
    • Police officers may secure all witnesses until identified and questioned.


    Remember to register and update your YU Alert account. Add your cell phone to your contact information at www.yu.edu/yualert


    MEDICAL EMERGENCIES 

    Immediately call the Yeshiva University Security Department for all emergency medical services.

    • Wilf Campus Security(24 Hour)               (212) 960-5200
    • Beren Campus Security                            (212) 340-7460          
    • Cardozo Law School Security                  (212) 790-0303                                                                                          
    • Hatzolah                                                       (212) 230-1000
                                                                             (212) 387-1750               

    Yeshiva University security officers are first responders and are trained in first aid. Security will simultaneously call for Hatzolah ambulance services or EMS thru 911 and immediately dispatch officers to the scene to assist until medical assistance arrives on the scene.

    Hatzolah is a volunteer emergency medical response, similar to EMS, but built for the Jewish community to mitigate cultural barriers and other religious concerns.

    Call 911 to report emergencies directly to the Emergency Medical Services (EMS), the New York City Police or the Fire Department. If calling 911 while on campus, also call YU Security so we can expedite the emergency response.

    Essential Action Steps and Conditions for All Medical Emergencies

    The instructions that follow are intended as quidelines for untrained individuals who witness or are personally involved in a medical emergency.

    • Remain calm.
    • Call the Yeshiva University's Security Department and briefly describe the incident, nature of the injuries and location of the injured person.
    • DANGER: Do not put yourself at risk to help someone else. Assess the scene first. Do not help the victim or attempt a rescue unless you are ABSOLUTELY certain that the environment in which the victim is located is safe and does not represent a life-threatening situation for you.
    • If you observe what appears to be a medical emergency and a potentially hazardous situation through a closed door's vision panel, do not open the door until Public Safety officers arrive on the scene. Opening a door can be very risky (e.g., a smoldering fire can flare up and/or you can suddenly be surrounded by a hazardous atmosphere).
    • Do not move an injured person unless s/he is in further danger (e.g., advancing fire).

      

    ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE CRISIS

     

    An Alcohol and Drug Abuse Crisis can result from ingesting substances haphazardly or beyond an individual’s normal ability to cope with the ingested amount or the consequence.
    An alcohol or drug overdose can be rapidly fatal. Call Yeshiva University Security to request an ambulance and/or Hatzalah if a person is:

    •  Poorly responding to stimuli
    • Unconscious (no response to stimuli)
    • Having difficulty breathing
    • Out of control and a potential danger to self or others
    • If you aren’t sure about the physical well-being of the person

     

    Emergency Numbers

    Wilf Campus Security: (212) 960-5200

    Beren Campus Security: (212) 340-7460
    Cardozo Law School Security: (212) 790-0303

    EMS & NYPD Police Response - 911

    Program these important numbers into your cell phones in advance so they are readily available when needed.

    Providing Assistance:

    Before approaching or touching the person having an alcohol or drug abuse crisis, identify yourself to the individual and explain what you intend to do. Talk calmly in a non-challenging manner and orient individual to time, place, and condition if needed.

    Try to find out what the individual has consumed and how much, including whether alcohol was mixed with other drugs (prescription medication or illegal drugs) so responding emergency personnel can be informed.

    Make certain someone stays with individual. If the individual wishes to lie down, have lie on/her side to avoid asphyxiation. If the person is convulsing, do not attempt to put any object in the mouth and do not restrain.

    People who are under the influence of alcohol/drugs can be irrational and/or dangerous. NEVER PUT YOURSELF AT PHYSICAL RISK.           

     

    BOMB THREATS

    Bombings or threats of bombing are now harsh realities in today's world. While most bomb threats turn out to be hoaxes and most suspicious packages are harmless, it is important that all threats and suspicious objects be treated seriously. Time is of the essence when a bomb threat is received and we must be ready to react quickly and efficiently to minimize the risk of injury to students, staff, faculty and visitors. These guidelines are designed to help Yeshiva University community members prepare for the potential threat of explosive-related violence.

    These guidelines and a Bomb Threat Checklist should be kept next to every university telephone. (A copy of the Bomb Threat Checklist is located on the last page of this guide)

    Telephone Threat

    A calm response to a bomb threat caller could result in obtaining additional information. This is especially true if the caller wishes to avoid injuries or deaths. If told that the building is occupied or cannot be evacuated in time, the bomber may be willing to give more specific information on the bomb's location, components, or method of initiation. When a bomb threat is called in:

    •  Keep the caller on the line as long as possible. Do not interrupt except to ask the caller to speak louder, slower or to repeat the message.
    • Record pertinent information on a Bomb Threat Checklist (see page 14). Do not hang up until the caller hangs up.
    • If the caller does not indicate the location of the bomb or time of possible detonation, ask him/her for this information.
    • Inform the caller that the building is occupied and the detonation of a bomb can result in death or serious injury to many innocent people.
    • Pay particular attention to background noises, such as motors running, music playing, vehicle traffic and any other noise, which may give a clue as to the location of the caller.
    • Listen closely to the voice (male or female), the mood of the caller (calm, excited, despondent, etc.), accents or speech impediments.
    • Report the threat to Security immediately after the caller hangs up. Security will then implement its bomb threat response procedure.
    • Remain available in the event that Security or other law enforcement personnel want to interview you.


    Written Threat

    While written threats are usually associated with generalized threats and extortion attempts, a written warning of a specific device may occasionally be received.

    •  Save all materials including the envelope.
    • Once the message is recognized as a threat, further unnecessary handling should be avoided in order to preserve evidence.
    • Report the threat to Security. Security will then implement its bomb threat response procedure.
    • Remain available in the event that Security or other law enforcement personnel want to interview you.


    Letter & Package Bombs

    While the likelihood of receiving a bomb through the mail is remote, letter or package bombs represent an alternate delivery method if the motive of the attack is to inflict injury on a specific individual. Bombs can be constructed to look like almost anything and can be placed or delivered in a number of ways. Its appearance is limited only by the imagination of the sender. However, the following characteristics may help you in identifying a suspicious letter or package:

    • FEEL & BALANCE - Letters feel rigid, appear uneven or lopsided or are bulkier or heavier than normal. Sponginess or undue pressure can be felt through the package. Contents of  the parcel may make a "sloshing" noise.
    • PLACE OF ORIGIN - Check the delivery postmark to see if the place of origin is familiar. Check to see if letter shows a city or state in the postmark that does not match the return address
    • FOREIGN PACKAGES - If the item is from another country ask yourself if it is expected. Look for foreign writing, addresses and postage.
    • UNUSUAL ADDRESSING OR DELIVERY INSTRUCTIONS - There are unusually restrictive endorsements such as "Personal," "Private" and "Confidential" or has no return address.
    • PACKAGING - Packaging wrapped in string are automatically suspicious, as modern packaging materials have eliminated the need for twine or string.
    • POSTAGE - Excess postage on small packages or letters indicate that the Post Office did not weigh the object. No postage or non-cancelled postage should also be a warning.
    • WRITING - Handwritten notes such as "Fragile," "Rush" or "Prize Enclosed," a foreign style of writing (not normally received), misspelling of common names, places or titles and mail addressed to generic or incorrect titles should be treated with caution.
    • ODOR - The mail or package emits the smell of marzipan or almonds or any other peculiar odor.
    • APPEARANCE - Leaks, stains, protruding wires, string, tape or tinfoil are present.
    • SOUND - Any package that emits a buzzing, ticking or other unusual noise should be treated with caution.
    • TELEPHONE CALLS - Any packages or letters arriving before or after a phone call from an unknown person asking if the item was received is suspect.


    If a Suspected Letter or Package Bomb is found.  

    •  Under no circumstances should anyone move, jar, touch, tamper or interfere with the object or anything attached to it.
    • Report the location and an accurate description of the object to Security.
    • Security and Facilities personnel should not use portable radios to report a suspicious object as they can sometimes cause the premature detonation of an explosive device.
    • If possible, open all doors and windows in the area where the object is found to minimize primary damage caused by the blast and secondary damage caused by fragmentation.


    Emergency Numbers

    Yeshiva University Security

    Wilf Campus  (212) 960-5200
    Beren Campus  (212) 340-7460
    Cardozo Law School  (212) 790-0303

    Program these important numbers into your cell phones in advance so they are readily available when needed.

    BOMB THREAT EVACUATIONS

    If it is determined that an evacuation is necessary, you will be directed by security to completely evacuate your building. Follow instructions from security personnel to avoid areas of concern.

    • Take personal belongings such as purses, briefcases, knapsacks and shopping bags with you so they are not confused with suspicious packages by those conducting a bomb search.
    • Know your escape route in advance. Also be prepared to use an alternate exit in case your primary route is obstructed. Pay attention to all alarms and public address system announcements.
    • Follow instructions given by Fire Wardens, Security and NYPD personnel.
    • Never use an elevator to evacuate unless directed to do so by Security.
    • Once outside, move well away from the building, especially away from windows.
    • Proceed to your Evacuation Assembly Location or alternate location if directed to do so by emergency personnel.

    BOMB THREAT CHECKLIST

    If you receive a telephone threat, remain calm and try to keep caller on the line.
    Use this checklist as a guide and to document the details of the threat.

    Immediately Notify and Submit Checklist to Security
    Wilf (24 hour): (212) 960-5200   Beren: (212) 340-7460   Cardozo Law: (212) 790-0303

    Questions to Ask Caller:

    1. When is the bomb going to explode?
    2. Where is the bomb right now?
    3. What does the bomb look like?
    4. What kind of bomb is it?
    5. What will cause the bomb to explode?
    6. Did you place the bomb? Why?
    7. Where are you?
    8. What is your name?
    9. What organization do you represent?

    Circle all of the voice characteristics and background sounds that apply.

    Voice               Manner          Background Sound
    Loud                 Calm               Street
    Soft                   Coherent        Bar/Restaurant
    Intoxicated         Angry             Factory
    High Pitched      Emotional       Subway
    Deep                 Laughing        Office
    Accent               Other              Other

    Was the caller male or female?
    Approximate age?
    Was the caller’s voice familiar?
    Was the caller well spoken?
    Did caller read a prepared statement?
    Telephone # of caller
    Time call received
    Date call received
    Your name
    Your phone number(s)              

    CIVIL DISTURBANCE

    Most demonstrations such as marches, meetings, picketing and rallies are peaceful and non-obstructive. However, demonstrations can become disruptive if one or more of the following conditions exist:

    •  Interference with the normal operations of Yeshiva University
    • Prevention of access to an office, building or other university facility.
    • Threat of physical harm to persons or damage to university facilities.
    • Disorderly conduct which disturbs the university or the outside community.


    If any of these conditions exist, contact Security and report the location, nature and size of the disturbance.

    Continue as much as possible with your normal routine. If the disturbance is outside, stay away from doors and windows.

    Avoid provoking or obstructing demonstrators. Do not interfere with those persons creating the disturbance or law enforcement authorities on the scene.

    Emergency Numbers

    Yeshiva University Security

    Wilf Campus (212) 960-5200
    Beren Campus (212) 340-7460
    Cardozo Law School (212) 790-0303

    Program these important numbers into your cell phones in advance so they are readily available when needed.

    CRIMES IN PROGRESS

    Yeshiva University has historically provided a very safe learning environment with a low incidence of serious crime occurring while on campus grounds. If you observe a crime in progress or are a victim of a crime please be guided by the following:


    • Do not attempt to apprehend or interfere with the criminal except in case of self-protection. If possible, move to a safe location.
    • In the event of a robbery, do not resist.
    • If safe to do so, attempt to get a good description of the criminal. If the criminal is entering vehicle, note the license number, make, model, color and outstanding characteristics of the vehicle.


    If you observe a crime or are a victim, call Security and advise us of the following information:

    •  Your name
    • Location of incident
    • Description of the suspects involved (clothing and physical features)
    • Injuries that have occurred
    • Description of any weapons involved
    • Description of property involved
    • The suspect's direction of travel and vehicle description(if applicable)
    • Make sure that the officer understands that the incident is in progress


    If possible, stay on the line with the officer until help arrives. Keep the officer updated on any changes in the situation so responding personnel can be updated. Even if you cannot communicate, keep the line open so the officer listening in can learn more about what is happening.
    Meet with Security personnel when they arrive.

    Emergency Numbers

    Yeshiva University Security

    Wilf Campus (212) 960-5200
    Beren Campus (212) 340-7460
    Cardozo Law School (212) 790-0303

    911 – EMS & NYPD Police Response

    Program these important numbers into your cell phones in advance so they are readily available when needed.  

    DISABLED PERSON EVACUATION

    Techniques for evacuating disabled persons vary with the nature of the disability. If a person with a disability cannot evacuate, they should be moved to a designated enclosed fire stairwell that is a good distance away from the hazard.

    Evacuation Assembly Area

    Designated disabled emergency evacuation areas have been established and are clearly marked “Evacuation Assembly Area” These areas are generally in the lobby area near the elevator of each building. If a person with a disability cannot evacuate, they should be moved to these areas or to an enclosed fire stairwell that is a good distance away from the hazard.

    Security maintains class schedules and office locations of all disabled persons, that they are made aware of and who may require assistance when evacuating. A copy of these schedules are at the fire command station of each building. Security Officers will check these locations along with the “Evacuation Assembly Area” during evacuations.

    Always ask a disabled person how you can help before giving emergency evacuation assistance. Ask how they can best be assisted or moved, and if there are any special considerations or items that need to come with them.

    •  For persons with mobility impairments, it may be necessary to help clear the exit route of debris, if possible.
    • For persons with a visual disability, give verbal instructions while assisting in an evacuation. Do not grasp a visually impaired person's arm. Ask if he or she would like to hold your arm as you exit, especially in crowds or debris covered areas.
    • For persons with auditory disabilities, get the attention of the person by touch or eye contact. Gestures and pointing are helpful, but be prepared to write a brief statement if that person does not seem to understand.
    • Do not use elevators unless authorized by FDNY personnel.
    • Do not attempt a rescue evacuation unless you had rescue training or the person is in immediate danger and cannot wait for professional assistance.


    ELEVATOR FAILURE

    Elevators have mechanical safety brakes that will operate even during power failures. Elevators will stop in place and not return to ground floor.
    If you get stuck on an elevator, push the alarm/help button for assistance. You may also call security on your personal cell phone.
    Yeshiva University has elevator technicians assigned to each campus and they will be called to assist you. If our elevator technician’s are not available then the FDNY will be called to assist you.

    EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT

    For the workplace, where you might be confined for several hours, or perhaps overnight, the following supplies are recommended:

      

    Flashlight with extra batteries

    Use the flashlight to find your way if the power is out. The use of candles or any other open flame for emergency lighting is prohibited.

      

    Battery-powered radio
    News about the emergency may change rapidly as events unfold. You also will be concerned about family and friends in the area. Radio reports will give information about the areas most affected.

    Food
    Enough non-perishable food to sustain you for at least one day (three meals), is suggested. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. The following items are suggested:

    • Ready-to-eat canned meals, meats, fruits, etc.
    • Canned juices.


    Water
    Keep bottle water available, One gallon of water or more if you are on medications that require water or that increase thirst.

    Medications
    Include usual non-prescription medications that you take, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, etc. If you use prescription medications, keep at least a three-day' supply of these medications at your workplace. Consult with your physician or pharmacist how these medications should be stored, and your employer about storage concerns.

    Tools and Supplies  

    • Paper plates and cups, plastic utensils, plastic garbage bags
    • Personal hygiene items, including a toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, brush, soap, contact lens supplies and feminine supplies.
    • Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear, including a long sleeved shirt and long pants, as well as closed-toed shoes or boots.

    If You Discover a fire you should pull the nearest fire alarm box on the floor; call 911 and Security. Be prepared to give the following information:

     

    • Specific condition (smoke, fire, etc.)
    • Specific location (building, floor, room)
    • Your name and location
    • Notify those in the immediate area of the danger.
    • Assist in removing any disabled person from the immediate area.

     

     

     Emergency Numbers

    Yeshiva University Security

    Wilf Campus  (212) 960-5200
    Beren Campus  (212) 340-7460
    Cardozo Law School  (212) 790-0303

    EMS & NYPD Police Response - 911

    Program these important numbers into your cell phones in advance so they are readily available when needed.

    When the evacuation alarm sounds - you must evacuate!!!!!!

    It is a violation of New York State Law to fail to evacuate when the fire alarm is sounding. Always assume it is a real emergency and follow your evacuation procedures. It is unlawful for any person to prevent, or order another person from evacuating or leaving the building when the alarm is sounding.

    Know your Emergency Evacuation Route in advance (see pages 19 - 22). Also be prepared to use an alternate exit in case your primary route is obstructed. Plan how you would escape in case of a fire. Know your escape routes well enough to be able to make your way in the dark or in dense smoke.

    •  Be aware that whenever the fire alarm sounds it may signal a very real emergency situation.
    • Remain calm and proceed to evacuate the area in an orderly manner. Do not rush, push or panic. Rely on planning and knowledge.
    • Assist disabled persons to evacuate the area. Be particularly aware of persons with sight or hearing disabilities.
    • If there is smoke, stay low, it will be easier to breathe.
    • Before opening any door, touch the door with the back of your hand. Do not open a door that is warm or hot.
    • Close doors behind you to prevent fire spread, but make sure that you can reopen them if you need to retreat.


    Listen For Instructions From:

    •  Fire Wardens
    • Security Officers
    • Facilities Personnel

    FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

    Fire extinguishers are located on every floor inside each fire stair should be used to extinguish small fires only. Insure that you have a clear escape route before using an extinguisher. An easy way to remember how to use a fire extinguisher is to remember the acronym PASS, which stands for Pull, Aim, Squeeze and Sweep.

    • PULL the pin. This will allow you to discharge the extinguisher.
    • AIM at the base of the fire. If you aim at the flames, the extinguishing agent will fly right through. You want to hit the fuel.
    • SQUEEZE the top handle lever. This depresses a button that releases the pressurized extinguishing agent.
    • SWEEP from side to side until the fire is completely out. Start using the extinguisher from a safe distance away, and then move forward. Once the fire is out, keep an eye on the area in case it re-ignites.


    FIRE WARDENS

    Fire Wardens are designated by the Security Department as the primary point of contact with occupants in a particular building. Some of the duties of the Wardens are:

    • Assist in the orderly evacuation of the building. (Pursuant to NYFD Fire Code and NYS Education Law Section 807 Fire Drills).
    • Assist in identifying hazards and communicating repair needs to the appropriate campus authority.
    • Conduct building specific training and drills in conjunction with campus authorities.


    FLOODING OR PLUMBING FAILURE

    • Stop all use of electric equipment.
    • Call Security
    • Call Facilities
    • Evacuate the area if necessary.

     

    VENTILATION PROBLEMS

     If smoke or odors come from the ventilation system, immediately notify Security. Security will contact Facilities. If necessary, cease all operations and vacate the area.

    GAS LEAK

    • Cease all operations and notify Security
    • Security will contact Facilities and other outside emergency response agencies if necessary.
    • To avoid sparks, leave all electrical equipment, i.e. lights, computers, appliances, etc., as is. Electrical arcing can trigger an explosion.
    • Exit the area immediately.


    HAZARDOUS MATERIALS

    In addition to use in student laboratories, Yeshiva University uses chemical and chemical products throughout the campuses for maintenance, housekeeping, and reprographic and other purposes.

    A hazardous material has the ability to cause death or harm to human health, animals, or the environment, either by itself or through interaction with other factors and includes the following: infectious substances, corrosives, flammable liquids, compressed gases, explosives, radioactive materials, poisons.  

    Chemical Spill

    In the event of a chemical spill, the following response procedures shall be observed:

    • Alert personnel in the surrounding area, no matter how small or insignificant it appears.
    • Determine if the spill is major or minor. Prior to working with a chemical, become familiar with its hazards by referring to its Safety Data Sheet (SDS).


    A major spill is an event that requires assistance from the Safety Department or cannot be handled with existing University resources. It also includes events where personal injury or contamination is involved.

    A minor spill can safely be handled by laboratory personnel without outside assistance.

    Major Spill Response Actions

    • Immediately, notify personnel in the immediate area to evacuate.
    • If possible, without risking personal exposure, close all doors to the location.
    • Contact the Security Department and the Safety Department, and be prepared to provide the following information:
    • Your name
    • Your contact number
    • Location of Spill
    • Name of material spilled (spell the chemical name; some chemicals sound alike)
    • Physical state of the material
    • Amount spilled
    • If injuries have occurred
    • Time of incident/Time observed
    • Other pertinent information
    •  Stay on the phone for further instructions – DO NOT HANG UP.

     

    Laboratory personnel should cautiously proceed with spill clean-up, if the following conditions are met:

    • The identity of the substance is known.
    • The hazards do not pose a significant threat to health and safety. Refer to the applicable Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for this information.
    • Clean-up equipment is available and accessible.
    • Personnel handling the clean-up have received safety training and are confident that exposure to oneself and others will not occur. 
    • If at any point an outside assistance is needed, the Security Department and the Safety Department should immediately be contacted.

     

    Biological

    In the event of a biological material spill, alert personnel in the immediate area and follow the response procedures below:

    For spills outside a biosafety cabinet and with potential for aerosolization:

    • Evacuate the area and post warning signs (“Biohazard Spill – Do Not Enter”) on all entrances to the spill location.
    • Allow aerosols to settle for 30 minutes before clean-up.
    • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (gloves, lab coat, face protection, etc.) 
    • Cover the spilled material with a 10% bleach solution or other approved disinfectant .Avoid splashing. 
    • Allow 20 to 30 minutes for the disinfectant to inactivate the biohazard. Always follow manufacturer’s directions.
    • Use forceps, tongs or a broom and dust pan to pick-up any broken glass or sharps. Debris should be deposited in a biohazard sharps container. 
    • Use paper towels or absorbent pads to wipe up spilled material, then dispose of in a biohazard container. 
    • Wipe down all surfaces or items in contact with the material once more with absorbent material and disinfectant.
    • Sterilize all re-usable items by autoclaving.
    • Remove gloves; wash hands with soap and water after clean-up. 
    • Inform personnel upon completion.


    For spills inside a biosafety cabinet:

    • Keep the biosafety cabinet blower on.
    • While wearing PPE, wipe cabinet walls and work surfaces with disinfectant and avoid placing head in the cabinet.
    • If necessary, flush the work surface as well as the drain pans and catch basins below the work surface with disinfectant and ensure the drain valve is closed.
    • The drain pan should be emptied into a collection vessel containing disinfectant. 
    • After clean-up, allow the cabinet to run for ten minutes before resuming work.


    For spills outside the laboratory, personnel must contact the Security Department and the Safety Department for assistance.

    • For personal contamination:
    • Remove contaminated clothing and other protective equipment and place in a biohazard bag.
    • Wash affected body parts thoroughly with soap and water. 
    • Seek immediate medical attention.
    • Report the incident to the Safety Department, the Security Department and the Principal Investigator responsible for the laboratory.


    Odor Complaint
    In the event of an abnormal, obvious condition where several people in an area experience feelings of discomfort or illness, contact the Safety Department and the Security Department immediately.

    “Feelings of discomfort or illness” include sudden headache; irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat; dizziness; fatigue and nausea etc. These symptoms may not appear suddenly; they may occur gradually over hours or days or weeks.

    An “abnormal obvious condition” is generally noticed by some or all occupants in an area, rather than sensitivity by one person to a specific thing. It could be any of the following:

    • Odor of gas, chemical, electrical, or other.
    • Haze in the air.
    • Visible dust clouds or fumes.
    • Vibration. 

    HOSTAGE SITUATIONS

    A hostage situation is said to exist when a person(s) is held or confined against his or her will by one or more individuals. This can occur with or without force or the threat of force and with or without a weapon. Usually, certain demands are made in return for the release of the hostage(s).Hostage takers can be terrorists, fleeing felons, emotionally disturbed persons and past or present disgruntled employees. It should be noted that Yeshiva University will require the assistance of the NYPD in all hostage situations.

    If you are a witness to a hostage situation:

    •  Notify Security immediately and be prepared to tell the officer the following:
    • Location of the incident
    • Description of the hostage taker(s)
    • Type(s) of weapons used (handgun, shotgun, knife, explosive, etc.)
    • Alert others in the immediate area of the situation.
    • Evacuate from the area.
    • If you are unable to evacuate safely, lock and close your door until notified by NYPD that it is safe to leave.


    If you are taken hostage:

    •  Remain calm, be patient and avoid drastic action.
    • Follow the hostage taker's instructions. Do not speak unless spoken to. Avoid arguments.
    • Stay alert and be observant. You may be released or escape. The personal safety of others may depend on your memory.
    • Be prepared to answer the police on the telephone.

    LOCKDOWN PROCEDURES

    The campuses of Yeshiva University consist of numerous buildings spread throughout the city. If a major criminal incident is occurring outside our buildings or in the immediate vicinity of the university, a campus wide Lockdown might be implemented.

    Lockdown Procedures are designed to prevent a criminal incident from spilling over onto our campus, entering our buildings and endangering members of the campus community. At the same time a lockdown will allow law enforcement to respond to the scene and contain the situation.

    If you observe a major criminal incident which is occurring in the vicinity of one of our buildings, notify Security, and provide us with the following information: 

    •   Location of incident
    • Description and number of persons involved (clothing and physical features)
    • Injuries that have occurred
    • Description of any weapons involved
    • The suspect's direction of travel and vehicle description(if applicable)

     

    Make sure that the officer understands that the incident is in progress and in the vicinity of the campus.

    Emergency Communication

    Depending upon the severity of the incident, Security will advise you of specific instructions in one of the following ways:

    •  Text message on the YU Alert system
    • Email via YU Announce
    • Intercom announcements or
    • Portable loud speaker announcements.


    Partial Lockdown

    There may be several levels of lockdown. For example, if a criminal incident does not pose a direct threat to our campus a partial lockdown may be implemented. A partial lockdown means that entrance doors are locked and people may not exit or enter the building if doing so exposes them to danger.

    Yeshiva University Security Officers will begin to secure the perimeter of the campus including locking exterior doors of our buildings and restricting access to our buildings and parking facilities.

    Generally, academic instruction and campus business may continue indoors during a partial lockdown but extra caution should be used until conditions return to normal.

    Full Lockdown

    When an announcement is made to initiate a full lockdown, the Yeshiva University campus community may be advised in the following manner:

    •  Proceed to an area that can be secured or locked.
    • All doors into the area should be locked.
    • If it is not possible to lock the doors, place furniture and equipment in front of the doors in order to barricade them. Some doors open out into the corridor. In this situation, use whatever means possible to try to restrict entry to the room, including placing furniture and equipment in front of the door, or using a belt or other item to tie the door handle to something stable.
    • Move to the point in the room that is most distant from a door entering the room from the outside or from a corridor/hallway. Do not huddle, but spread out.
    • Close blinds and drapes for concealment.
    • Turn off lights. Put cell phones on vibrate, and silence other devices.
    • If communication is needed, use text messaging only.
    • Remain quiet and secure until the ALL CLEAR is given by Security or the Police.

    POWER FAILURE

    • If you are in an area where power has failed, call Security, providing the officer with your name, location and department. Describe the nature of the problem and any additional locations that are without power.
    • If the power failure occurs during daylight hours, open blinds and doors to maximize available outside light.
    • Yeshiva University is equipped with emergency lighting in many of our corridors, stairwells and emergency exits. If the lights are out, proceed cautiously when you evacuate.
    • If you are trapped in an elevator, remain calm and use the emergency telephone or call button.
    • Should an electrical or mechanical systems failure occur in the building, it might become necessary to evacuate the facility. Security will seek input from Facilities prior to making a decision.
    • Security personnel will advise you when to evacuate the building. If requested, evacuate the building immediately. After evacuating from the building move away from the building's entrance.

    PSYCHOLOGICAL CRISIS

    A psychological crisis exists when an individual is threatening harm to himself / herself or to others, or is out of touch with reality due to a severe drug reaction or a psychotic break. Hallucinations, uncontrollable behavior, or complete withdrawal may manifest a psychotic break.

    To report a psychological crisis call Security and tell the officer the following:

    •  Your name
    • Your location
    • The nature and location of the incident
    • Clearly state that you need immediate assistance
    • If it is safe to do so, stay on the line until an officer arrives.
    • Never try to deal with a potentially dangerous situation by yourself
    • Report any suicide attempt to Security

    SEVERE WEATHER

    Hurricanes are destructive storms with sustained winds of more than 74 miles per hour that can flatten homes, topple trees and turn loose objects into deadly projectiles. The storm's driving winds and torrential rains can cause power failures and dangerous flooding in low-lying and poor-drainage areas. Hurricane season lasts from June to November and New York City is most at risk between August and October.

    • When a Hurricane Watch is announced, it means a hurricane may affect New York City within 36 hours the announcement. The City of New York would activate its Emergency Operations Center on a 24-hour basis at the Office of Emergency Management.
    • Listen to local media (television and radio) for instructions.
    • Log onto the YU University home page for campus storm information.


    Other severe weather events often occur without much notice and can have many of the same consequences as a hurricane. Strong winds, lightning, and flash flooding often occur during the summer.

    If you are on one of the Yeshiva University campus during a severe weather event and unable to safely leave:

    • Remain indoors until danger presented by the event has passed; watch for weather, safety, transportation and housing updates (via email, YU Alert, postings at building security desks, etc.) from the Safety & Security and Campus Housing offices
    • Take immediate shelter in interior rooms (bathrooms, stairwells, etc.), preferably on the lowest floor of the building, unless doing so brings you closer to danger (example: flooding)
    • Stay clear of windows and areas with glass
    • Stay clear of doorways and entrances
    • Stay clear of areas that house chemicals and areas with heavy, unsecured items that could move or be upended easily by the severe weather elements
    • If a severe weather event is impacting campus you should stay away. Do not come to campus during a severe weather event unless your presence is essential. 

    SEXUAL ASSAULT 

    Should you become a sex crime victim on or near the campus, Yeshiva University recommends a prompt report to both the NYPD (911) and to Yeshiva University Security Department, so that the public interest can be served.Reporting an incident helps:

    • Identify and apprehend the assailant
    •  Maintains future options regarding criminal and civil action against the assailant
    • Protects the victim and others from future assaults from the same assailant
    • Reporting an incident is a separate step from choosing to prosecute. Our first concern is the victim’s welfare and ensuring that proper treatment and support is provided. When a person files a report they are not obligated to continue with legal proceedings.
    • Emergency Medical Services will be summoned for anyone apparently requiring or requesting medical attention.
    • The preservation of evidence including biological, chemical, and environmental substances may be essential to successful prosecution; victims are urged to obtain emergency medical treatment before washing, laundering apparel, or discarding wipes.
    • Local telephone service and assistance will be provided to facilitate notifications, victim services, and transportation arrangements. In addition, Yeshiva University counseling professionals will do all they can to assist a victim of sexual assault including help in changing academic and life situations, if requested by the victim and if these changes are reasonably available.


    Emergency Numbers

    Yeshiva University Security

    Wilf Campus  (212) 960-5200
    Beren Campus   (212) 340-7460
    Cardozo Law School  (212) 790-0303

    Program these important numbers into your cell phones in advance so they are readily available when needed.

    TERRORISM

    Title 22 of the US Code defines terrorism as the premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by sub national groups or clandestine agents, usually intended to influence an audience. Acts of terrorism range from threats of terrorism, assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings, bomb scares and bombings, computer based cyber attacks, to the use of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. High-risk targets include military and civilian government facilities, international airports, large cities and high-profile landmarks. Terrorists might also target large public gatherings, schools, water and food supplies, utilities, and corporate centers.
    In the immediate area of a terrorist event, you would need to rely on police, fire and other officials for instructions. However, you can prepare in much the same way you would prepare for other crisis events.

    Preparing for Terrorism

    Wherever you are, be aware of your surroundings. The very nature of terrorism suggests there may be little or no warning.

    •  Take precautions when traveling. Be aware of conspicuous or unusual behavior. Do not accept packages from strangers. Do not leave luggage unattended. Unusual behavior, suspicious packages and strange devices should be promptly reported to the police or security personnel.
    • Do not be afraid to move or leave if you feel uncomfortable or if something does not seem right.
    • Learn where emergency exits are located in buildings you frequent. Notice where exits are when you enter unfamiliar buildings. Plan how to get out of a building, subway or congested public area or traffic. Note where staircases are located. Notice heavy or breakable objects that could move, fall in an explosion.
    • Assemble a disaster supply kit at home and learn first aid. Separate the supplies you would take if you had to evacuate quickly, and put them in a backpack or container, ready to go.
    • Be familiar with different types of fire extinguishers and how to locate them.


    Chemical Attack

    Chemical warfare agents are poisonous vapors, aerosols, liquids or solids that have toxic effects. They can be released by bombs, sprayed from airplanes, boats, or vehicles, or used as a liquid to create a hazard to people and the environment. Some chemical agents may be odorless and tasteless. They can have an immediate effect (a few seconds to a few minutes) or a delayed effect (several hours to several days). General indicators of possible chemical agent usage include:

    •  Unusual number of dead or dying animals (lack of insects).
    • Unexplained casualties (multiple victims, serious illness, nausea, disorientation, difficulty breathing, convulsions, etc.).
    • Unusual liquid, spray or vapor (droplets, oily film, unexplained odors, low clouds/fog that is not weather related).


    Biological Attack

    Biological warfare agents are organisms or toxins that can kill or injure people. Three basic groups of biological agents that would likely be used as weapons are bacteria, viruses, and toxins. Most biological agents are difficult to grow and maintain. Many break down quickly when exposed to sunlight and other environmental factors, while others such as anthrax are very long lived. Some biological agents, such as anthrax, do not cause contagious diseases. Others, like the smallpox virus, can result in diseases you can catch from other people.

    Spraying biological agents in the air, or infecting animals that carry the disease to humans as well as through food and water contamination can disperse them. General indicators of possible biological agent usage include:

    •  Unusual number of dead or dying animals/fish.
    • Unusual illness for the region/area.
    • Unusual liquids, sprays or vapors.


    What to Do In Case of Chemical or Biological Attack

    Protection of breathing airways is the single most important thing a person can do in the event of a chemical or biological incident or attack. In most cases, absent a handy gas mask, the only sure way to protect an airway is to put distance between you and the source of the agent. Evacuate the area; cover your mouth and nose with a handkerchief, coat sleeve or any piece of cloth to provide some moderate means of protection. Basic steps one can take to avoid or mitigate exposure to chemical or biological agents include:

    •  Stay alert for attack warning signs. Early detection enhances survival.
    • Move upwind from the source of the attack.
    • If evacuation from the immediate area is impossible, move indoors (if outside) and upward to a room on a higher floor. Many agents are heavier than air and will tend to stay close to the ground.
    • Once indoors, close all windows and exterior doors and shut down air conditioning or heating systems to prevent circulation of air.
    • Cover your mouth and nose. If gas masks are not available, use a surgical mask or a handkerchief. An improvised mask can be made by soaking a clean cloth in a solution of 1 tablespoon of baking soda in a cup of water. This is not highly effective, but it may provide some protection.
    • Cover bare arms and legs and make sure any cuts or abrasions are covered or bandaged.
    • If splashed with an agent, immediately wash it off using copious amounts of warm soapy water.
    • If in a car, shut off outside air intake vents and roll up windows if no gas has entered the vehicle. This may provide some protection from toxic agents.
    • In any case of suspected exposure to chemical or biological agents, no matter what the origin, medical assistance should be sought as soon as possible, even if no symptoms are immediately evident.

    Radiation Attack

    A radiation threat or "Dirty Bomb" is the use of common explosives to spread radioactive materials over a targeted area. It is not a nuclear blast. The force of the explosion and the radioactive contamination will be more localized. While the blast will be immediately obvious, the presence of radiation will not be clearly defined until trained personnel with specialized equipment are on the scene. As with any radiation, you want to try to limit exposure. To limit the amount of radiation you are exposed to, think about shielding, distance and time:

    • Shielding: If you have a thick shield between yourself and the radioactive material more of the radiation will be absorbed, and you will be exposed to less.
    • Distance: The farther away you are from the blast and the fallout the lower your exposure.
    • Time: Minimizing time spent exposed will also reduce your risk.


    As with any emergency, local authorities may not be able to immediately provide information on what is happening and what you should do. However, you should do the following for official news and information as it becomes available:

    •  Log onto the NYC Office of Emergency Management website at www.nyc.gov/oem  
    • Listen to local media (television and radio) for instructions.
    • Log onto the YU University home page for campus information.


    Emergency Numbers

    911 – NYPD Police Response

    Yeshiva University Campus Security

    Wilf Campus  (212) 960-5200
    Beren Campus  (212) 340-7460
    Cardozo Law School  (212) 790-0303

    Program these important numbers into your cell phones in advance so they are readily available when needed. Remember to register and update your YU Alert account. Add your cell phone to your contact information at www.yu.edu/yualert

    For further information on how to prepare for and respond to other emergency scenarios, review the University’s Emergency Procedures Manuals.

     

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