NYPD / FDNY / EMS-AMBULANCE / HAZMAT Emergency – 911
NON-EMERGENCY – 311
24 Hour Emergency Number: (212) 960.5200
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:
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 Security Office (212) 960-5221 Director of Security (212) 960-5793 Environmental Health & Safety (212) 568-3986 Health Center (Wilf Campus) (646) 685-0391Hotline / 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) 610-7273Wilf 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
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 Hatzolah if a person is:
Wilf Campus Security (212) 960-5200
Beren Campus Security (212) 340-7460 Cardozo Law School Security (212) 790-0303EMS & NYPD Police Response 911
Program these important numbers into your cell phones in advance so they are
readily available when needed.
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.
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
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
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:
While written threats are usually associated with generalized threats and
extortion attempts, a written warning of a specific device may occasionally be
& 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
a Suspected Letter or Package Bomb is found.
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.
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) 790-0303Questions
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?
all of the voice characteristics and background sounds that apply.
the caller male or female?
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 phone number(s)
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
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.CRIMES IN
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:
If you observe a crime or are a victim, call Security and advise us of the
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.
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
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 the workplace, where you
might be confined for several hours, or perhaps overnight, the following
supplies are recommended:
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.
radioNews 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:
WaterKeep bottle water available, One
gallon of water or more if you are on medications that require water or that
MedicationsInclude 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.
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:
Yeshiva University Security
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.
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:
Flooding or Plumbing Failure
If smoke or
odors come from the ventilation system, immediately notify Security. Security
will contact Facilities. If necessary, cease all operations and vacate the
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
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
Spill Response Actions
Laboratory personnel should
cautiously proceed with spill clean-up, if the following conditions are met:
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:
spills inside a biosafety cabinet:
spills outside the laboratory, personnel must contact the Security Department
and the Safety Department for assistance.
ComplaintIn 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:
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:
Security immediately and be prepared to tell the officer the following:
you are taken hostage:
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
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
that the officer understands that the incident is in progress and in the
vicinity of the campus.
CommunicationDepending upon the severity of the incident, Security will advise you of
specific instructions in one of the following ways:
LockdownThere 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
LockdownWhen an announcement is made to initiate a full lockdown, the Yeshiva
University campus community may be advised in the following manner:
Immediately call the Yeshiva University Security
Department for all emergency medical services.
Security (24 Hour) (212) 960-5200
Security (212) 340-7460
Cardozo Law School Security (212)
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
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
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. 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.
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
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
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 are unable to safely leave:
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
To report a psychological crisis call Security and tell the officer the
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 TerrorismWherever you are, be aware of your surroundings. The very nature of terrorism
suggests there may be little or no warning.
Chemical AttackChemical 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
Biological AttackBiological 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
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:
What to Do In Case of Chemical or
Biological AttackProtection 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:
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:
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:
911 – NYPD Police Response
Yeshiva University Campus SecurityWilf Campus
(212) 960-5200 Beren Campus
(212) 340-7460 Cardozo Law School
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
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.
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