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As we learned from the events of September 11, 2001, the following things can happen after a terrorist attack:

  • There can be significant numbers of casualties and/or damage to buildings and the infrastructure. Students and employees should update the appropriate people regarding any medical needs you may have and on how to contact your next of kin. You may update this information by logging into SIS and clicking on "Address Information".
  • Increased law enforcement involvement at local, state and federal levels follows a terrorist attack due to the event's criminal nature.

The Monroe County Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP) and RIT have a great relationship. The OEP, located only a few minutes from campus, regularly holds emergency training for police, fire and EMS personnel.

RIT Public Safety officers also participate in this type of training

  • Health and mental health resources in the affected communities may become overwhelmed.
  • Extensive media coverage, strong public fear and international implications and consequences can continue for a prolonged period.
  • Workplaces and schools may be closed, and there may be restrictions on domestic and international travel.
  • Evacuation may be necessary.
  • Clean-up may take many months.


  • Establish a meeting place.
  • Assemble a disaster supply kit for your workplace, home and automobile.


If disaster strikes:

  • Remain calm and be patient.
  • Follow the advice of campus officials and emergency service providers.
  • Listen to your radio or television for news and instructions from a county official.

In most instances, the university's communications will come through the Chief Communications Officer, who would ensure timely and appropriate updates

For information regarding Monroe County, tune into WHAM-AM 1180, or WHEC-TV (channel 10).

  • If the disaster occurs near you, check for injuries. Give first aid and get help for seriously injured people. Medical services may be requested by dialing 475-3333.
  • Do not use the telephone unless it is a life-threatening emergency. Text messaging may be more successful, as it does not clog up the cell phone network.


You can provide a minimal amount of protection to your breathing by covering your mouth and nose with a damp cloth.

  • Covering your mouth with a damp cloth will provide you with a minimal amount of protection to your breathing.
  • Close all windows.
  • Turn off all fans, heating and air conditioning systems.
  • Move to a room with the fewest windows and doors, and is above-ground (not A-level).
  • Place wet towels in the crack under the doors.
  • Remain in the room until campus officials instruct you to leave.


When appropriate, campus officials may decide to evacuate an area for your protection. It is important to stay calm, listen carefully and follow all instructions.

Listen to campus officials for evacuation announcements. Be sure that your area is included in the evacuation before you leave. If time allows, pack some essential items to take with you.

If you are told to evacuate immediately:

  • Take your personal belongings and medications.
  • Close and lock your windows.
  • Shut off all vents.
  • Lock the door.
  • Move quickly and calmly.

Additional Information

US Department of Homeland Security

American Red Cross

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Environmental Protection Agency

Fact Sheet on Radiological Dispersion Devices/Dirty Bombs


Staying Informed

RIT's Emergency Line (recorded message): (585) 475-7075 and (585) 475-7076 TTY

Monroe County Office of Emergency Management