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Emergency Preparedness FAQ

How is RIT prepared to respond to an emergency?

RIT employs a Critical Incident Management model that is designed to complement responses used by local, state, and federal emergency service providers whose resources may be called on to resolve an emergency occurring on our campus. This model is situational dependent and allows flexibility in response to any type of emergency, large or small. RIT conducts recurring training in emergency management for its key responders and Public Safety staff have practiced emergency response procedures in concert with the Monroe County Office of Emergency Preparedness.

How will I be informed that an emergency is occurring and what I should do?

Each emergency may require a very specific set of desired actions in terms of evacuation and sheltering. RIT's emergency responders, in collaboration with the external emergency service responders, will identify the best course of action for our community given the emergency circumstances. RIT's emergency management model includes rapid response actions for posting information to RIT's website and channeling information through local news/radio/TV media channels. In addition, we have the resources to broadcast messages through the telecommunications systems across campus. Emergency notification calling trees exist and may be utilized to spread the message. This posted message will include specific emergency instructions as they become necessary. In the event of a regional emergency, RIT community members are additionally advised to listen to their radios or watch television news broadcasts and follow the specific directions of emergency officials. The goal of RIT's emergency responders is to stabilize the situation that has occurred, maintain safety of all, take action to alleviate the challenge before us, and prepare for recovery and transition to business as usual.

How can I locate my child/friend/spouse who is at RIT in the event of an emergency?

RIT realizes the importance of communicating with loved ones as soon as possible. First and foremost, we suggest you prepare your student to call you in times of emergency, to assure you of their well being. Cell phones may work when other phone lines are jammed. Other means of communication, such as e-mail, may be available in residence hall rooms as well as labs on campus. RIT's information updates on the general safety of the community will appear on the emergency site, which may include a hotline for use in some situations. While RIT responds and handles an emergency, please keep your phone lines open and be patient.

What can I do to prepare?

While there is no reason to suspect our campus is unsafe in any way, it is important that we all be cognizant of the need for heightened awareness and conduct our daily activities without being frightened. You can assist in minimizing risk daily by:

  • Ensuring that your doors and windows are locked
  • Make certain that doors are not propped open
  • You are the best person to realize who should be in your lab, office, or residential area. If you see someone you don't recognize and appears not to belong, please call Public Safety at (585) 475-3333 (V/TTY)
  • Immediately report any suspicious behavior to your Public Safety Department.
  • Have a list of phone numbers and e-mail addresses for persons you will need to contact in the event of an emergency. Having these numbers preprogrammed saves valuable time in an emergency and can be very reassuring for your family and friends.
Can you guarantee that a terrorist attack will not happen at RIT?

While RIT is limiting its vulnerability, as a practical matter, no one, or organization is immune from such an act. The security of our campus is a shared responsibility. RIT takes steps to practice our emergency preparedness, work with professional emergency service providers, and we have confidence in our emergency response. It is based on a national model employed by local, state and federal practitioners charged with issues related to emergency management. Because of this collaboration, our response, terminology and goals integrate smoothly with all.

How can I keep myself up to date on what's happening in the event of a major campus disaster?

This Emergency Preparedness website is an excellent source of information in the event of an emergency. It features an "Emergency Updates" link that will provide timely updates on information. In fact, this link will the first communication area we update during an emergency, because of its ability to reach so many - parents, students, faculty and staff - within the RIT community.

What provisions has RIT made for food & water in the event of an emergency?

In the event of an emergency that isolates food and water sources, RIT has available sufficient resources to supply food and water to all students enrolled in our meal plan for a several day period. Water is available in quantities sufficient to meet the needs of the rest of the campus community for a limited period. RIT will coordinate with Monroe County's Office of Emergency Preparedness and other federal agencies for these resources as the need arises if a more extended emergency exists. Students, faculty and staff are well advised to take additional steps to prepare in their offices and homes as per the Department of Homeland Security's website.

As a manager at RIT, how will I know what to do in the event of an emergency?

Right now, review the Emergency and Safety Procedures steps. During an emergency, follow emergency responder directions as given, monitor telephone broadcast messages and the "Emergency Updates" section of this website for the most current emergency information. Emergency calling tree notifications may be used to provide you with instructions. Various other methods of communication may be used as the emergency develops including posted notices throughout campus and broadcast email messages to the RIT community.

As always, please be alert and report any criminal incident, suspicious behavior or improper security activity to Public Safety at (585) 475-3333 (V/TTY).