Hamilton Faculty, Staff & Students

  • Know the location of both the muster point and assembly points for the primary buildings where you reside, teach, work, etc., and understand the difference between the two.
  • Always respond to an evacuation signal (fire alarm) as if it were an actual emergency.
  • If you discover an actual emergency, immediately leave the area, alert others to do the same by verbal commands or a fire alarm pull station, and immediately report it to Campus Safety at 315-859-4000. Be sure to give the dispatcher as much information as possible regarding the emergency type/nature/location.
  • If a building evacuation is required, report to your muster point to await further instructions.

Building Coordinators and RA’s

  • Maintain an updated list of those students/employees assigned to you, and share that list with at least one other student or employee. Communicate periodically with the students/employees assigned to you concerning the location of your area’s muster and assembly points.
  • Assist Campus Safety with routine fire drills. During fire drills or other emergency evacuation alarms where it is not obvious that there is an actual emergency, report to the muster point and perform a headcount.
  • During actual emergencies (fires, explosions, chemical spills, etc.) with building evacuations, report to your muster point and direct both students/employees assigned to you (and any other personnel within the building you occupy) to go directly to the assembly point, and perform your headcount there.
  • Once a headcount has been performed, report the status of the headcount to Campus Safety officers or the Facility Emergency Coordinator(s) for further action.
  • For employees in all other positions of authority over others (faculty teaching a class, supervisors overseeing other employees), it is vital for you to both educate and direct personnel under your care to follow building-based emergency procedures to compliment what Building Coordinators and RA’s are responsible for.  

Campus Safety

  • Upon being notified of a potential emergency, dispatch will direct a patrolling officer to investigate, and will notify the Facility Emergency Coordinator(s).
  • If an actual emergency exists, the first responding officer should instruct the dispatcher to immediately notify outside emergency responders and critical members of the HERT team, as warranted.
  • Control the scene, evacuate personnel (as necessary), and restrict access to impacted or threatened areas.
  • Avoid contact with spilled/suspicious materials and keep evacuees upwind of such materials.
  • Eliminate any ignition sources that may be present.  

Facility Emergency Coordinator(s)

  • Immediately report to the location of the emergency.
  • Make the necessary hazard assessment, and confirm whether outside emergency responders are needed (if not already accomplished).
  • Set up Command Post at the Campus Safety Office (or other suitable location) and coordinate response efforts with the HERT team and/or outside responders.
  • Assist outside emergency responders and work with the Incident Commander as required.
  • Determine if a reportable incident has occurred, and facilitate any reporting required by law.

Hamilton Emergency Response Team

  • Report to and establish an Emergency Operations Center upon notification of a high-level emergency incident. Assume command and primary responsibility for emergency incident management under the National Incident Management System/Incident Command System (NIMS/ICS) based upon the nature/severity of the incident.
  • Work with all necessary internal and external resources to mitigate ongoing emergencies and expeditiously return the College to normal business operations. Investigate and institute corrective actions (where appropriate) to prevent or minimize emergency incidents in the future. 

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