SUNY Plattsburgh Building Evacuation Policy


The campus fire alarm systems are a very important and effective means of alerting people to safely evacuate Residence Halls, Administrative and Academic Buildings during an emergency.   After fire alarms are activated, it is essential for all building occupants to evacuate and remain at a safe assembly point at least 150 feet from the building until a signal to re-enter has been given by authorized campus designee. The following procedures are to be followed any time a fire alarm or other means of official notice is given:


  • When a fire alarm sounds, proceed to the nearest exit marked by an exit sign.  The nearest exit may not be the way you entered the building.
  • If exits / stairwells are not clear or safe, go to the next closest exit / stairway.   Stairwells are an important means of exiting multi-story buildings.  Therefore, fire doors should be kept closed. 
  • The elevators should not to be used.  Many elevators are programmed to shut down during a fire alarm.
  • Doors and, if possible, windows should be closed and lights turned off as the last person leaves a room or area.
  • When a fire alarms sounds, evacuate the building quickly, but do not run or panic.
  • People who walk slowly or need assistance should walk to the right side of stairwells to prevent impeding other people from exiting a building.
  • Leave the nearby vicinity of the building and gather at designated assembly areas at least 150 feet away, so Emergency Personnel have clear access to the building.
  • Proceed to designated assembly areas for your building. The designated areas should be communicated by the faculty instructor, staff member, building contacts. Try to account for the people in your work / class areas to ensure all occupants have left the building.
  • Never re-enter a building without instructions from an authorized designated college authority.

 Assembly Points and Buildings



All faculty members must immediately instruct students to evacuate a classroom / laboratory / studio when a fire alarm is activated. Ensure students evacuate the building and go to designated assembly areas.



All students must immediately evacuate the building and gather at least 150 feet from the building in the designated assembly areas.



All employees must evacuate the building and go to designated assembly areas.

* New York State Office of Fire Protection and Control (OFPC) and New York State Law requires all occupants to evacuate buildings when a fire alarm is activated, whether it is a drill or not.


(See List of Assembly Areas)

Once outside, please stay at least 150 feet away from buildings.  Whenever possible, congregate with people from your class / work groups.  Try to account for all people after gathering at the assembly point to ensure they have evacuated safely.   If you suspect there are still people in the building, immediately notify University Police or Emergency Personnel.

We are all responsible for providing a safe learning environment, so please review your evacuation plans by identifying your primary and secondary Exits and Assembly Areas for your class / work groups.  Reviewing this information before an incident is critical to ensure the safety of our campus community.



  • Whenever possible, identify a Partner to assist disabled people during an emergency incident.  Do not attempt to lift / carry disabled people since this may cause serious injuries.   Only professional Rescue Personnel should lift or carry disabled people.
  • If disabled people are not able to exit a building, they should be assisted by a Partner to an Area of Refuge or a shelter-in-place location.   The Partner should immediately notify University Police and Rescue Personnel where disabled people are located inside buildings.
  • An Area of Refuge should have the following criteria: 1. an enclosed area, preferably with fire rated doors and walls, 2. a campus phone, if possible, and 3. located in close proximity to exits, stairwells or other access points for Rescue Personnel. Call x2022 (518-564-2022) from a campus phone or 9-1-1 from a non-campus phone and identify the name and location of disabled people in an Area of Refuge.   
  • University Police and Rescue Personnel should be notified immediately by a Partner or any member of the SUNY Plattsburgh community as to the location of disabled people inside a building.
  • Whenever possible, a list will be compiled for the location of disabled people who reside or work at SUNY Plattsburgh.  This list will be provided to University Police.  If any member of the SUNY Plattsburgh faculty and staff wish to be identified on this list, please send your information to Human Resource Services. 
  • If you are a disabled student, please send your information to the Student Support Services staff.  The Student Support Services staff will meet with students needing assistance to discuss their action plans during an emergency on campus.  The campus Disability Coordinator will meet with faculty and staff needing assistance to discuss action plans, as needed.
  • If disabled people are visiting the campus, the host should identify their Partners during an emergency to assist their evacuation or relocation to an Area of Refuge, along with the need to alert University Police and Rescue Personnel.


Sheltering-In-Plan During a Violent Campus Emergency

  • During a violent campus emergency, it may be necessary to shelter-in-placeŁ or remain in a location where there is less risk of becoming a victim of violence. Whenever possible, identify a shelter-in-place location nearby your work area / classroom where you and your fellow occupants should remain during an emergency.
  • The Sheltering in Place location should have the following criteria: 1. an enclosed area which can not be viewed from outside areas, 2. solid doors which can be locked from the inside, 3. access to a campus phone, and 4. large enough to accommodate the people in your work area / class room.
  • After being notified of a violence emergency on campus gather your fellow building occupants in your work area / class room and proceed to the Sheltering in Place location.   If you are nearby the emergency, call University Police at x2022 (518-564-2022) on a campus phone or call 9-1-1 from a non-campus phone. 
  • Remain in the Sheltering in Place location until you receive instructions from a college official, University Police or Law Enforcement Personnel that it is safe to leave. 
  • Please note Sheltering in Place is performed during campus violence emergencies.  In all other instances, buildings should be evacuated unless notified by a college official, University Police or Law Enforcement Personnel to remain in place.  


Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Michael Caraballo
Emergency Management Director
Phone: (518) 564-4950
Fax: (518) 564-7986