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Emergency Planning and Procedures

Planning & Preparedness

Hamilton College routinely operates in a manner which avoids emergencies. However, the College is not immune to critical incidents, and strives to plan and prepare for them through written plans and protocols, training, effective communication strategies, and regular meetings of the Hamilton Emergency Response Team (HERT).  The HERT members are:

  • Meredith Harper Bonham (Chair), Senior Associate Dean of Students for Strategic Initiatives
  • Vige Barrie, Director of Media Relations
  • Steve Bellona, Associate Vice President for Facilities & Planning
  • Mike Debraggio, Assistant Vice President for Communications
  • Brian Hansen, Director of Environmental Protection, Safety & Sustainability
  • Jeff Landry, Associate Dean of Students for Health & Safety
  • Karen Leach, Vice President for Administration & Finance
  • Fran Manfredo, Director of Campus Safety
  • Dave Smallen, Vice President for Information Technology
  • Steve Stemkoski, Director of Human Resources
  • Nancy Thompson, Dean of Students


A broader group, the Hamilton Incident Management Team (HIMT), is composed of additional senior staff and other essential personnel with overall administrative and managerial responsibility for the College during emergency incidents. For more information about the College's procedures, and for the full listing of HIMT members, please click on the Quick Reference Guide link listed below.

If you witness an emergency event, the most important thing to do is to call one of the emergency numbers listed here: www.hamilton.edu/safety/emergencies. All members of the College community are also encouraged to review the information contained in the links below as a means of becoming more familiar with your own roles and responsibilities. 

Emergency Action Plans (EAP's)

In the event of any single emergency incident, there are a number of immediate and defensive actions the members of our community should take. Those actions are described in the "Emergency Action Plans"
that follow:

Reverse-911 Service

Emergency Contact Information

Hamilton employs a reverse-911 system to alert employees and students of campus emergencies and closures. In an emergency, the College will contact students by cell phone or campus room phone number. Employees and students can opt in to receive text messages. Go to the Personal Profile Management page to edit or verify your contact information.

Active Shooter Training Video

To view an instructional video on what to do in the event of an active shooter situation, please play below or visit the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VcSwejU2D0

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