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Reporting an Emergency

Call: Public Safety Department: 276-6611 or 911 from a campus phone.
Note: Dialing 911 from a cell phone will not connect you with Public Safety

What to Know

Supporting the effort to maintain your campus environment safe is everyone's responsibility. Staying vigilant and observant of anything suspicious and reporting your observations to the Public Safety Department as soon as possible may eliminate the risk to campus safety.

What to Do

  • Before taking any action, be sure you are not endangering yourself.

  • Avoid unstable structures, radiation hazards, electrical wires, toxic fumes, chemical spills, fire, etc. Do not jeopardize your life or the lives of others in attempting to save personal or Rensselaer property.

  • When you call, give your name, telephone number and location, and the nature and location of the emergency.

  • Don't hang up until the person answering the call ends the conversation.

  • If there is a generalized emergency and phone lines are dead, and it is safe to leave the building/area, take a message directly to the Public Safety Department.

Acting in an Emergency

  • Remain calm, use common sense, and render assistance. Do not panic.

  • Evacuate buildings immediately upon the request of authorities, upon hearing an audible alarm, or when remaining in the building becomes life-threatening.

  • Know the location of at least two emergency exits in your work area.

  • Keep a flashlight handy if you are in an area without natural lighting.
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