Evacuation Procedures and Emergency Response

Evacuation Procedure

  1. The buildings should be evacuated when an alarm sounds continuously and/or upon notification by the Campus Safety Office / Facilities staff or through the PA system.
  2. Be aware of all marked exits from your area and building and know the routes out of the building.
  3. If necessary or directed to do so, activate the building alarms.
  4. When evacuating the building, walk quickly to the nearest exit.
  5. Once outside of the building keep sidewalks clear for emergency personnel and emergency responders and do not re-enter the buildings until cleared by the fire department.
  6. Notify the emergency personnel of any persons believed to still be in the building.

Following New York Fire Department Building Code Regulations, at least four fire drills are held annually.  Depending on the classification of each building, in some, evacuation occurs during all fire drills.  These drills include a test of the building emergency systems. The purpose of evacuation drills is to prepare building occupants for an organized evacuation in case of a fire or other emergency. During these drills students, faculty and staff learn the types of evacuation, building emergency system components, locations of the emergency exits in the building and are provided with guidance about the direction they should travel when exiting the building.

During evacuations, guidance may be provided by NYSID personnel, building management personnel and/or New York City first responders. Evacuation drills are monitored by the Facilities Department in all facilities to evaluate egress and behavioral patterns. Typically, deficiencies are identified and reported immediately to the appropriate building staff or building owner for repair.

Emergency Response

Safety is a top priority at the New York School of Interior Design and in case of an emergency, we want to be able to communicate with the NYSID community in a timely manner. NYSID has an emergency alert system in place called Hyper Reach, which can instantly send text and voice messages to mobile devices. If certain persons do not have a mobile phone, an alternate phone number may be listed on which to receive a voice message.

Hyper-Reach is activated only when a critical incident is either imminent or underway. It is not used to send non-emergency messages. Some instances where the system might be activated include incidents involving the police or fire departments that would require building evacuation or a critical weather emergency, such as a tornado.

Current NYSID students, faculty and staff can update their cell phone number here.