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Emergency Response

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Any time the fire-alarm system is activated and/or upon notification by Campus Safety & Security and/or other emergency response personnel, everyone is required to evacuate campus facilities. This policy applies to both real emergencies and drills, and must be followed by all members of the Clarkson community, including individuals with disabilities.

Special considerations may need to be made in emergency situations for individuals with disabilities. How an individual with a disability responds to an emergency depends on the type of emergency, the specific disability, and the location of work, classes or campus residence. Ultimately, the individual with a disability is responsible for his or her own safety in emergency situations. It is wise for the individual to plan ahead for emergencies. Pre-planning includes reviewing the evacuation procedure (below) with the director of Accommodative Services or Environmental Health & Safety Manager and then discussing the specifics of the plan with members of the Clarkson community, including, but not limited to, Campus Safety & Security, supervisors and co-workers, faculty, fellow students, residence hall staff, and/or other residents.

Fire Prevention & Safety Guidelines

The best defense against fire is always prevention. There are a number of things you can do to help prevent fires. Refer to the applicable fire safety guide for your area below to ensure you have a safe and compliant living and working environment.

Emergency Evacuation Procedures

All faculty, staff, students, contractors and visitors should be familiar with their evacuation plan before an emergency occurs. 

General Emergency Evacuation Steps

In the event of an emergency that requires evacuation of the building (such as fire, toxic gas release, explosion, etc.), follow the steps of RACE: 

  • Rescue. Rescue personnel in immediate danger if it doesn't put you in imminent danger.
  • Alarm. Activate the nearest fire alarm and call 911.
  • Confine. Close all doors, windows, and other openings that would aid in the spread of fire or toxic fumes.
  • Evacuate. Evacuate the building or extinguish the fire (if small and contained and you are trained to do so).  

A fire extinguisher should only be used when you...

  • You have been trained.
  • You have the proper type and properly charged unit for the fire you are fighting.
  • You have first contained the fire, activated the building alarm and have reported the fire.
  • You have your back to an unobstructed exit.
  • Everyone else has left the area.
  • There is little smoke or flames.

Never fight a fire if you are unsure of what you are doing. If the fire can not be brought under control in 30 seconds, then abandon your efforts, close the door(s) and evacuate immediately.


Fire safety and fire extinguisher training is available from EHS. We invite department chairs, directors and supervisors to contact EHS to arrange training for your area(s).


Erica Arnold
Environmental Health & Safety Manager
107 Graham Hall

Clarkson University
8 Clarkson Avenue
Box 5542
Potsdam, NY  13699

Desk: 315-268-6640
Cell: 315-212-3006
Fax: 315-268-4437