Emergency Procedures for Onondaga Community College

Important phone numbers:

  From Campus
From Public
Campus Safety and Security     2311  (315) 498-2311
Non-emergency     2478 (315) 498-2478
Environment, Health and Safety     2847 (315) 498-2847

Emergency Procedures for:

Building Evacuation Procedures

Building Evacuation Procedures for People with Disabilities 

  • When the fire alarm is activated, evacuation is mandatory, even if you don't smell smoke
  • Do NOT use elevators!
  • Take personal belongings (keys, purses, wallets, etc.)
  • Follow directions given by Campus Safety and Security and Emergency Personnel
  • Assist persons with disabilities

Bomb Threat

  • Remain calm
  • Get as much information as possible from a threatening caller -- location of explosive device, when the device was planted, etc.
  • Call 2311 (from a campus phone)
  • follow instructions for emergency personnel

Emergency Preparedness

  • Know your building's evacuation procedure for your area
  • Those working with petroleum or hazardous materials should keep spill clean-up supplies nearby
  • Get a battery-operated weather radio
  • Discuss preparedness plans with family and friends
  • Call Campus Safety and Security for fire extinguisher training


  • Help remove those needing assistance from the immediate area
  • Activate the nearest fire alarm pull station and call 2311 (from a campus phone) if possible
  • Confine the fire by closing windows and doors
  • Extinguish the fire if you have been trained and if it is safe to do so
  • Evacuate the building
  • Do not enter the building until authorized to do so by emergency personnel

Suspicious Object / Package

  • Do not touch or disturb the object or package
  • Call 2311 (from a campus phone)
  • Notify your supervisor and Campus Safety and Security

Suspicious Person

  • Do not physically confront the person
  • Do not let anyone into a locked building / office
  • Do not block the person's access to an exit
  • Call 2311 (from a campus phone). Provide as much information as possible about the person and their direction of travel

Weather Emergency

  • For up-to-date weather information:
    • Monitor local radio and television stations
      (The college will make every effort to announce class cancellations or closings by 6:30 a.m. for daytime and by 4:00 p.m. for evening classes and events.  Announcements will be made by means of the College websites and TV monitors, and local radio and TV outlets.)
    • Check the conditions on campus on the campus website - www.sunyocc.edu
  • Be prepared to shelter in place until you're notified by OCC officials that it's safe to leave; have a plan for getting back together with fellow employees.
  • During thunderstorms, do not handle electrical equipment
  • During hurricanes or under tornado warnings:
    • Seek shelter
    • Stay away from windows; move to an interior hallway on a lower floor
    • Get under sturdy furniture
  • During Floods:
    • Do not walk through flowing water or drive through flooded areas;
    • Stay away from electrical lines

Chemical Spill Procedures

If a chemical spill takes place which, in the opinion of the person or persons responsible for such material, poses a threat to themselves or other building occupants, the following steps should be taken: 

  • Sound the building alarm.
  • Immediately vacate the affected area and seal it off to prevent further contamination of other areas.
  • If you have come in contact with the spilled material, remove any contaminated clothing immediately and flush all areas of skin exposed to the chemical with generous amounts of water- unless the chemical is one that will react with water.
  • Call Campus Safety.
  • When calling be specific about the nature of the involved material and exact location of spill. Campus Safety will contact the necessary specialized authorities and medical personnel.
  • Anyone who may be contaminated by the spill is to avoid contact with others as much as possible, remain in the vicinity and provide their names to Campus Safety and Security personnel.
  • Under no circumstances should you attempt to confine or clean up any hazardous spills if there is danger of exposure to the hazardous chemicals.

Gas Leaks, Fumes, Vapors Procedures

If you detect natural gas, fumes or vapors from an unknown source:

  • DO NOT pull fire alarm.
  • DO NOT touch light switches or electrical equipment.
  • Call x2311 or dial (315) 498-2311 immediately.
  • Follow directions of emergency personnel.