Emergency Situations


Snowstorms, ice storms, power outages and even fires. These are all emergency situations that have and may again occur on the SUNY Geneseo campus. While the weather cannot be controlled, and emergencies are known to occur, the negative effects these unfortunate situations have on campus activities and operations can be minimized through preparation. The SUNY Geneseo campus has a Emergency Planning Team which has developed Campus-wide Response and Communication Plans to be implemented in emergency situations. These procedures are presented in flowchart form to provide quick reference for immediate action and communication

The Emergency Planning Team determined potential campus emergencies fell into five general categories:

  1. Actions Requiring Police Response, such as bomb threats, threats to property or life, and hostage or weapons situations.
  2. Response to Campus Personnel Situations, including missing student(s) or death or serious injury to a student or employee.
  3. Campus Response to Off-Site Emergencies, an example being hazardous materials release due to a truck accident along Route 63.
  4. Physical Catastrophe, including Building fires, Weather Related Emergencies, or on-campus chemical spills.
  5. Communicable Disease or other Significant Health Threat. Occurrences of diseases such as avian flu, SARS, measles, meningitus or whooping cough would necessitate implementation of this Emergency Plan.

Response to certain of these emergencies may require some or all campus personnel to follow specific procedures. These may include:

In support of the Campus-Wide Emergency Response and Communications Plans, each campus department is responsible for developing specific procedures and protocols to ensure mission critical departmental services and operations are recovered as quickly as possible after an emergency. The Emergency Planning Team developed a "fill-in-the-blank" plan to assist departments in developing their department-specific plan.

All campus personnel are urged to familiarize themselves with these Emergency Plans and Procedures during non-emergency times to facilitate immediate and complete response and communications should an actual emergency ever occur. These procedures are summarized in a .pdf brochure for easy reference.