The information included in this section may be altered at any time to provide for the safety of the campus community and emergency responders. The nature of the incident may make this plan inoperable or may require significant alterations. The CEOC is charged with providing an incident specific campus evacuation plan based on the specific event circumstances.
An evacuation is defined as the emptying of an occupied area and the transference of its occupants to a safe location. A critical element of any evacuation is transportation. In many campuses and communities, autodependent commuters congest roadways to the point of "gridlock." The community population, high number of resident students, commuter students and use of transportation alternatives must be taken into account when planning the steps necessary to evacuate all campus occupants, whether they arrived by public transit, single-occupant auto, carpool, or bicycle.
In a major emergency, the decision to implement evacuation procedures generally rests with the campus Emergency Operations Center (EOC). In situations requiring immediate action, public safety responders (Police, Fire, EMS and Environmental Health & Safety) can also order an evacuation. When evaluating the decision to evacuate, consideration will be given to the specific threat (bomb, fire, storm, explosion, hazardous materials incident, etc.), its context (time of day, likelihood, etc.) and the recommendation of first responders.
Any partial or full scale evacuation of the Binghamton University campus is a complex, time-consuming task. The decision to evacuate, and the methods used, shall be determined by the EOC, in coordination with the Town of Vestal and the Broome County EOC. If the decision to evacuate is made, the EOC shall utilize all available methods of public notification to inform the campus community of the situation.
If it is necessary to evacuate the campus, exit in the direction given by University Police or other emergency authority. Do not put your vehicle in a position where it blocks the way for others. If the road is not usable, leave your vehicle off of the roadway and evacuate by foot.
Some vehicles may be selected for emergency transportation. If your vehicle is chosen, please cooperate.
Evacuations will generally fall into two categories:
It is very important that regardless of the type or duration of an evacuation that faculty, staff, students and visitors listen very carefully to official information and evacuation orders issued from Binghamton University.
In the event of an authorized evacuation order, all faculty, staff, and campus visitors should leave campus and return to their home or other safe and appropriate intermediate destination unless told otherwise.
In the event of an evacuation, all students who can provide their own transportation should leave the campus and return to their home, or other safe and appropriate intermediate destination, unless told otherwise.
Students should remember to take medications and any other essential personal items that may be needed during the evacuation period.
Students who cannot go home will be transported to a designated shelter. All available modes of transportation will be utilized to transport students who need transportation.
Since an evacuation could last from a few hours to several days, it is important to consider where you might stay and what things you might need. When you leave the campus you should take the following items:
Arrangements should be made for pets or other animals, as most shelters do not allow them.
When you leave, make sure appliances and faucets are turned off and doors and windows are locked.
A building occupant is required by law to evacuate the building when the fire alarm sounds.
When evacuating your building or work area:
Do not re-enter the building or work area until you have been instructed to do so by the emergency responders.
To make a campus-wide evacuation as orderly and efficient as possible, several locations have been determined as evacuee loading points. Because the nature of the emergency may prohibit the use of any of the pre-determined points, or require additional loading points, the exact location of the evacuee loading point will be broadcast to the entire Binghamton University community through as many means as possible and reasonable (see “Emergency Notification Plans” for methods of communication).
The following points have been predetermined as potential evacuee loading points:
During an evacuation of the campus, all traffic will be strictly controlled by University Police. Roads may be converted to one-way traffic to speed the flow of traffic. Obey all lawful orders from authorized personnel regarding changing traffic patterns.
Once leaving campus property, traffic will be directed in the general direction of safe evacuation routes. These routes will be dependent upon the nature of the emergency and will generally be in a northern, eastern, or western direction.
Last Updated: 4/4/11