Emergency Information for Faculty and Instructors in the Classroom
The importance of emergency preparedness extends into the classroom. Students, even in higher education settings, look to the instructor for guidance and definitive action during an emergency. Faculty and instructors who take a few minutes at the start of each term to familiarize their students with basic evacuation and emergency procedures will find a peace of mind that they and their students are better prepared for an emergency.
What should I do as the instructor?
- Clearly cover the basic emergency procedures for the class during the first week of class, particularly evacuation and what to do in case of an armed intruder
- Know how to report an emergency from the classroom
- Communicate the evacuation route and assembly area outside the building in case of emergency.
- Bring a class roster (for accountability) and a list of important telephone numbers (department leadership, lab managers, etc.)
- Persons with disabilities, who self-identify, should be able to provide information on special assistance needs if an emergency occurs. Persons with disabilities may need assistance leaving the building during an evacuation
- Most importantly: Provide leadership if an emergency arises and follow emergency procedures for all building alarms and emergencies
Reporting an Emergency
- Contact Public Safety by:
- Dialing 585-475-3333. (Program this number into your cell phone)
- Send a text to 585-205-8333
- Send an instant message to RITPUBLICSAFETY on AIM
- State the nature of emergency
- Remain on the line until the operator hangs up
All fire alarms require evacuation, including drills and false alarms. Use the nearest available exit, and move well away from the building to allow access for responders as needed. Consider designating an emergency assembly area outside of the building in case of evacuation. Ensure your class knows the location and use to account for students after evacuation.
- Secure the classroom by locking the doors.
- Block the door with desks, chairs, or tables.
- Move people away from windows and behind items that protect them (desk, chairs, tables)
- Contact 9-1-1 or RIT Public Safety when you feel safe enough to do so
- Wait for instructions by monitoring cell phones for alerts