• July 17, 2013

    What you should do in Case of a Fire

    • Evacuate the building using the nearest available stairwell or exit. Do not use elevators • Even if you think that the fire alarm is simply burnt popcorn or mac & cheese, get out. You never know the cause of the fire alarm until after • If an alarm is not sounding, pull red fire alarm on your way out, if possible • Close doors on your way [...]
  • June 20, 2013

    What you should do in Case of a Bomb Threat

    Bomb threats should always be taken seriously and the proper authorities notified. If you are the person to identify the threat, it can be a scary and nerve-wreaking situation. Below is list of different types of bomb threat situations and how you should handle each one. Telephone threat: Keep the caller on the telephone as long as possible to [...]
  • June 12, 2013

    Evacuation Notices and Emergency Signals

    There may be times where the evacuation of a building is necessary, but do you really know what all the different flashing lights, sounds and combinations mean? Here is a list of the notifications you could receive when an emergency evacuation is necessary: The sounding of an alarm RIT Alert notification (text, e-mail, instant message) Alertus [...]
  • June 5, 2013

    RIT Ambulance

    When there is an emergency on campus that requires professional medical services, the RIT Ambulance will be one of the first responders to the incident. The RIT Ambulance (RITA) is a unique part of the RIT community because it is student run Emergency Medical Service (EMS) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week apart from when the Institute is closed [...]
  • May 29, 2013

    Utility Failure: Power Outage

    Every so often, either due to a severe weather conditions or a faulty cord, a power outage can occur. Thankfully, RIT has many back-up generators to help keep the power on. However, it is important to remember the phone numbers to contact and how to handle the situation. It is also good to always have a couple of flashlights and extra [...]
  • May 1, 2013

    Early Intervention: People Don't Just Snap

    A number of studies conducted in recent years show that people who commit acts of violence in the workplace or on campus rarely do so without warning signs. The FBI and US Department of Education published a study (“Campus Attacks”) in April 2012 that found the most violent acts on campus were preceded by either observable concerning behaviors [...]
  • April 24, 2013

    What to do in Case of an Armed Intruder

    Armed intruders are some of the most frightening causes of emergencies that could possibly happen on a college campus. So what should you do if an armed intruder is in your area? Run, Hide or Take action. Evacuate If there is an accessible escape path, take it. Move immediately out of the area to a safe location, if you can. Notify others of [...]
  • April 10, 2013

    In, Out, Away

    Emergencies, whether we like it or not, from time to time. It is always best to have an individual emergency action plan in case something goes wrong. In the event of an emergency be prepared by keeping actions simple in order to stay safe. If an emergency arises, remember three key words: “IN, OUT, AWAY” IN means “Get In or Stay In” [...]