Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Emergency Procedures

Living With Terrorism
Unfortunately for all Americans, life has forever changed after September 11, 2001.  Fordham University’s priority is the safety and well being of those who live, study and work at the University, and the Office of Security works closely with and obtains information from the New York Police Department on a continuing basis.  In the highly unlikely event that an act of terrorism was to occur on campus, we would obviously rely on police, fire and the Office of Emergency Management for guidance and resources.

New York City has essentially been operating at the United States Department of Homeland Security national security alert level orange since 9/11/01.  Should an incident away from campus cause a change in the security alert level or other action, the University will relay the appropriate information that impacts our campus through established channels of communication such as Security Alerts, Campus-wide Voicemail messages or residence hall floor meetings.
  • Be aware of conspicuous or unusual behavior such as unanticipated deliveries, people asking directions to sensitive areas such as utility rooms or HVAC systems, or people asking questions regarding security force capabilities.
  • Do not accept packages from strangers or leave personal belongings unattended.  Report unusual behavior and suspicious packages to the security department by dialing 7111 from any campus phone.
  • If you receive a telephone call regarding a suspicious package or explosive device, get as much information from the caller as possible and relay the information to the security department.
  • In the event of a chemical or biological attack, follow instructions as whether to remain inside or to evacuate.  In most instances, you will be instructed to remain in your residence hall, academic building or other shelter.  If the appropriate response is evacuation, we will follow the evacuation procedures as outlined below.
If evacuation from the campus becomes necessary, it will likely involve many more people outside of Fordham, and we will work closely with emergency responders to maintain safety for our students, faculty, and staff.


The U.S. Department of Education website is: Fordham University provides campus crime statistics on it’s website,  Requests for a hardcopy can be directed to the University Director of Security by phone at 718-817-2222 or in writing to the Director of Security at Thebaud Annex, Fordham University 441 E. Fordham Rd., Bronx, NY 10458.

Fire Alarm System
The Residence Hall is equipped with state-of-the-art fire safety equipment, which may involve procedures unfamiliar to some residents.  The floor on which the fire alarm is activated will receive a loud tone.  The remainder of the building will receive a fire emergency signal (similar to a department store bell), which alerts residents that there is an emergency within the building and that they should remain in their apartment until receiving further instructions.  Instructions will be given over the public address system in each apartment and lounge.  It is critical for each resident to know the location of the fire safety system:

Fire Extinguishers - located at each floor stairwell exit.
Pull Stations - located on each floor near the stairwell exits.
Sprinkler Heads - located on the ceiling of each room in the residence hall.
Stairwell Exits - Stairway A in the east wing, Stairway B in the west wing.

Fire safety equipment, such as fire doors, fire alarms, fire extinguishers, and exit signs are here to protect lives and property.  Tampering with such equipment is extremely dangerous.  Tampering with fire extinguishers, sandpipes, hoses, fire alarms and/or smoke detectors may result in automatic dismissal from the Residence Hall.  Tampering with other fire safety equipment will result in sanctions up to a $200 fine and probation.

Fire Alarm Procedures
In the event of a fire:
  • Stay calm.
  • Do not use the elevators.
  • Pull the fire alarm Pull Station near the stairwell exit.
  • Contact security at x-7111.
If the fire is smaller than a wastebasket and no one’s life is in danger, you may try to extinguish the fire using the fire extinguishers located at the stairwell exits.

If the fire is in your apartment:
  • Get everyone out. 
  • Stay low to the ground as you exit.  Close your apartment door.  An open door can spread fire to other apartments.
  • Activate the fire alarm Pull Station by the stairwell exit.
  • Go down the stairs to the lobby.
If you hear the fire alarm and there is no fire in your apartment:
  • Assume that an emergency exists and do not take the signal as a drill or a false alarm.
  • Listen to announcements from the PA system and follow the instructions given.
  • Keep your door closed.  Open doors allow fire to spread more quickly.
  • Seal the door with tape, sheets or towels.  Seal ventilators or any other openings where smoke may seep in.
  • Turn OFF the AC/Heater unit.
  • Unless flames or smoke are coming from below, open your windows a few inches at the top.  Don’t break windows, as they may need to be closed later.
  • If you feel you are in grave danger, open a window and wave a bed sheet for the firefighters to spot you.

Fire Drills
New York State law requires a minimum number of fire drills for college/university buildings each academic year.  There is a fire drill each month.  This trial run introduces residents to the distinct signals from the fire command station and announcements over the public address system.  All residents should remain in their apartments and stand by for further information.  Disciplinary action and/or a $25 (minimum) fine will be charged to any resident interfering with a fire drill, calling the guard, or not waiting as directed during a drill.

Fire Prevention
Fire prevention is an important and serious component of living in a residence hall environment.  To prevent the possibility of a fire, all residents are expected to:
  • Maintain good housekeeping practices.
  • Not allow ordinary combustibles to accumulate in any area.  Remove old papers, rags, wood, and packing materials as soon as possible; remove garbage on a daily basis.
  • Keep all corridors and fire doors free from stored items (e.g. bicycles), debris, and other obstructions at all times.
  • Rest and sleep within designated apartments —never in hallways nor in other areas not intended for sleeping.
In addition, flammable liquids such as gasoline and paint thinners are not permitted in the Residence Hall for any purpose.  Flammable materials cannot be used as ceiling hangings or light covers.  The possession of or burning of candles, incense and kerosene lamps is also prohibited.  Fire safety procedures will be discussed in further detail at the RAs’ floor meeting.  If you are unclear about any of the procedures, please contact the Facilities Manager.

Evacuation ProcedureS
In case of evacuation, please follow the directions of the staff, security personnel, police, and fire professionals.

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