Basic Emergency Instructions for Students, Faculty, & Staff
- Call 911 (dial 9 first if calling from a Cooper phone) if you believe there is a serious emergency.
- Contact a security desk.
- Foundation building: x180 (212.353.4180)
- 41 Cooper Square: x270 (212.353.4270)
- Residence Hall: x050 (212.353.4050)
- Stay on the Scene only if you can do so with no risk to yourself. If possible, stay until the arrival of: Fire/Police/Person in Charge (Director of Public Safety or Engineer on Duty).
How to speak to 911
- Stay calm. Someone's life may depend on it.
- Give vital information:
- Your name.
- The phone number you are calling from.
- The exact location of the emergency-street address, floor, and room number.
- State the nature of the emergency.
- Do not downplay the severity of the emergency.
Describing an injury as a cut may yield a 45-minute response time by an EMT. Describing an injury as a 'severed finger' may yield a 3-minute response time from a (more highly trained) paramedic.
Particularly important: chest pain, heavy bleeding, difficulty breathing, unconscious.
- Follow the dispatcher's directions. Don't hang up until directed to do so.
In the event of a localized emergency, you may be directed to relocate between buildings.
See the Emergency Protocols document for further instructions on responding to:
- Active Shooter or Armed Assailant
- Acute Emotional Behavioral
- Bomb Threat
- Catastrophic Emergency
- Fire Safety and Building Evacuations
- Hazardous Material Spills
- Medical Emergencies
- Severe Weather
- Suspicious Packages
- Utility Failure
- Violent, Disruptive or Criminal Behavior
See the campus Pandemic Flu Response Plan