The health and safety of all our students, faculty, administration, staff and visitors is of paramount concern at St. John’s University. While the likelihood of a major emergency situation is remote, St. John’s recognizes the critical importance of being prepared and has designed a comprehensive program that ensures the security of the University community in the event of a crisis.
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SJU PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT
New York City is vulnerable to many different weather related hazards, and SJU Department of Public Safety continuously monitors weather conditions that may affect our community. We maintain direct contact with the NYC Emergency Management as well as the New York City Police and Fire Departments.
Staying safe means staying informed. Remember to use these easy ways to learn instantly about closings and other emergencies on and around campus. Sign up for Emergency Alerts via up-to-the-minute text and voice messages. Also use the St. John’s Web site, campus “e-boards,” public address system, and emergency phone numbers — all parts of our Emergency Response Plan to help keep you informed and safe in emergencies. The following is a preparedness guide to some of the severe weather hazards that may occur;
Preparing for the storm:
During the storm:
After the storm:
Hot and humid summer weather can cause heat illness and even death. More Americans die from heat waves than all other natural disasters combined. The following is a guide to prevent heat illness:
Heat illness occurs when the body cannot cool down. The most serious forms of heat illness are heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke occurs when the body’s temperature rises quickly, and can rapidly lead to death. Keeping cool can be hard work for the body. This extra stress on the body can also worsen other health conditions such as heart and lung disease.
Warning signs of heat illness include:
If you or someone you know has warning signs of heat illness, get to a cool place, remove extra clothes, and drink lots of water
Symptoms of heat illness include:
Call 911 or SJU Public Safety 718 990-5252 immediately if you or someone you know has these symptoms of heat illness.
Though generally associated with the central United States, tornadoes occasionally occur in New York City. Such events can occur with little or no warning. NYC experienced tornados as recently as 2012.
What to Do if a Tornado Strikes:
After the Tornado:
Regardless of their severity, all thunderstorms are dangerous. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people each year than tornadoes.
IF YOU ARE IN A HOUSE OR BUILDING:
IF YOU ARE CAUGHT OUTSIDE DURING A THUNDERSTORM:
Power outages occur most often during the summer months, when residents run air conditioners and power usage is at its peak. While prolonged power disruptions occur infrequently, it's always a good idea to be prepared. To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
IF THERE IS A POWER OUTAGE:
Fires, and to a lesser degree, explosions present a constant threat to institutions of higher learning. Public Safety currently monitors fire safety equipment such as sprinklers, fire extinguishers and know hazardous material on our campuses. Evacuation protocols are exercised regularly with scheduled fire drills.
Fires and explosions are a significant threat to the safety of the University community. In addition to regularly scheduled fire drills, periodically the University community will receive training updates on how to respond to this threat. These training updates include the following general information:
If you observe a fire, alert those in your immediate area, evacuate the area, and activate the closest fire alarm pull station. Call Public Safety or 911. When a fire alarm is activated, immediately evacuate the building and follow instructions of Public Safety officers and Emergency Evacuation Volunteers. The routine fire drills conducted by the University help to ensure an immediate and safe evacuation of all individuals in a building. Treat every fire drill as the real thing. Initiate evacuation of the building immediately upon hearing the fire alarm. If an explosion occurs and overhead items are falling in your area take refuge under a sturdy table or desk. If there are severe smoke conditions, stay low to the floor and exit the building as quickly as possible. If you are trapped in debris, tap on a pipe or wall so that rescuers can hear you. Understand that persons should not attempt to rescue people who are inside a collapsed building. Public Safety will immediately contact professional first responders who will initiate appropriate rescue activities.
Fires and explosions present a serious threat to the University. An explosion is caused by a rapid expansion of gas from a chemical reaction or incendiary devices. Signs of an explosion may be a very loud sound or a series of noises and vibrations, fire, heat, or smoke, falling glass or debris. The Vice President for Public Safety, or designee, will make a determination to activate the Emergency Operation Center (EOC). Public Safety will contact specific functional areas, as appropriate to the incident. Upon being notified, Public Safety will ensure appropriate fire alarms have been activated, contact municipal first responders, and deploy officers to direct evacuation activities. The Vice President for Public Safety will enhance communication with the Facilities Services and Environmental Health and Safety, and advise senior leadership of the incident.
Response Procedures for Chemical and Oil Spills
Response Procedures for Chemical Explosions
In the event a mishap occurs such as an explosion on campus take the following action:
Response Procedures for Biohazard Spills
Spills in the University laboratory:
Investigators are generally responsible for cleaning up biological spills they create in the lab. Laboratories are required to maintain basic materials for response to routine spills (ie, biological spill kits). EH&S is available to consult on clean-up procedures and will assume responsibility for cleaning the spill if it is beyond the scope of the lab staff’s ability, due to hazard level or resource limitation.
Spills in common areas:
Facilities Services is generally responsible for cleaning up biological spills that are, for example, in a non-laboratory hallway floor or in a restroom. EH&S is available to consult on clean up procedures and will assume responsibility for the spill if it is large-scale.
Biohazard Spill Clean-Up Procedures
Remember- People are not suspicious, behavior is. We sometimes describe someone as a “suspicious person”, yet it is actually their behavior that is suspicious. The safety of our community depends on all of us being vigilant and aware of suspicious behavior, and promptly reporting this activity to law enforcement or Public Safety.
How do we determine what is suspicious activity or behavior? A suspicious activity is when a person’s conduct or action does not fit the normal day-to-day activity in our community. It is an occurrence that is out of place and should not be happening in our community. It is not your responsibility to figure out exactly what is happening; law enforcement or Public Safety will make that determination. Rely on your instincts, and a common-sense observation.
.If you observe suspicious activity:
Call 911 or SJU Department of Public Safety at 718 990-5252. Describe specifically what you observed, including:
REMEMBER- IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING
An earthquake is a sudden, rapid shaking of the ground. Although earthquakes are uncommon in New York City, tremors occasionally occur and residents should be prepared. In the event of an earthquake, consider the following:
Drop, Cover and Hold On:
If you can, go to an open area away from trees, telephone poles, utility lines and buildings.
Once in the open, Drop, Cover, and Hold On. Stay there until the shaking stops. This might not be possible in a city, so you may need to duck inside a building to avoid falling debris.
IF IN A MOVING VEHICLE:
ONCE THE SHAKING STOPS:
Please review our campus safety plans for more detailed information on how we keep the University community safe and secure:
Active Shooter on Campus – Safety TipsAnnual Security & Fire Safety ReportEmergency Management Structure Plan (PDF)Emergency Preparedness Brochure (PDF)NYC Office of Emergency ManagementUniversity Closing Procedures