All NYU buildings have either officers permanently posted or are patrolled by the University's Protection Services office. NYU Protection Services maintains its own dedicated communications system, and coordinates much of its emergency efforts with the City of New York.
As every emergency is different and may require its own set of circumstances, it is important to follow the instructions of Protection Services officers, emergency workers, as well as University officials during an emergency.
While emergencies are certainly difficult to predict, the most important thing is for you to remain calm. Your judgment will be your best asset in an urgent situation. Familiarizing yourself with these procedures will help you stay safe, and could save your life.
In addition to ConEd, some NYU buildings are powered by the University's own electrical plant. During a power outage, it is likely that some NYU buildings will still have power. In the event of a power outage:
- Remain calm.
- Do not use candles! Instead, use a flashlight.
- Unplug any electronics such as computers, televisions, and stereos.
- If you were cooking, be sure your oven and stove are turned off.
- Emergency lights and placards should illuminate. Move cautiously to a lighted area.
- Assist others if necessary.
- If you are concerned about your safety, you should proceed to a public place with power, such as Bobst Library.
Fires often start out small and spread very quickly. Do not assume that you can extinguish a fire on your own. In the event of a fire, or if you smell smoke:
- Activate the nearest fire alarm. These alarms are tied into the New York Fire Dept. and Protection Services. Upon activation, they will be notified immediately.
- Leave at once, shutting the door behind you, making sure you have your keys, identification, purse or wallet.
- If possible, alert others on your floor to evacuate.
- Be sure to use the stairs when evacuating and avoid elevators!
If an evacuation is necessary, it is important to try and remain calm to ensure your safety.
- If possible, check to make sure you have your keys, identification, and purse or wallet.
- If you are in a lab, secure any hazardous materials or equipment before you leave.
- Close the door behind you.
- Do not attempt to use an elevator.
- Proceed out of the building to a safe distance away. A Protection Services officer, or other authorized official, will help direct you to a secure location.
- If possible, assist other people who may need help.
If severe weather occurs while you are on campus, a coordinated effort between Protection Services and appropriate officials will occur. New York City's climate is most subject to thunderstorms, bilzzards, and hurricanes.
- Listen carefully for instructions.
- If a power outage occurs, follow the procedures listed earlier on this site.
- If an evacuation is necessary, be sure to take your keys and identification, and follow the evacuation procedures on this site.
- Protection Services officers will alert you when danger is no longer present.