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Evacuation Procedures ESF Campus Emergency Procedures

Authorizing an Evacuation

University Police, in consultation with the Vice President for Administration, the College President, or officials from the law enforcement or emergency response agencies, will determine when to authorize a campus evacuation. All building and campus evacuations will be conducted in a safe and orderly fashion.


While campus communication methods will vary depending on the nature of the emergency, methods of notifying employees, students and others of specific evacuation procedures may include NY-Alert (see "Timely Warning Policy"), college-wide e-mail, University Police floor-to-floor notification, or activation of the fire alarm system.

Evacuation Routes

SUNY-ESF has a limited access roadway system. Presently there are three entrances to campus.  One public entrance is located at the intersection of Irving and East Raynor Avenues. The other is at the intersection of Forestry and Sims Drive. The third entrance is located at the intersections of Oakland Street and Stadium Place. The Carrier Dome, managed by Syracuse University, is a landmark that borders one of our main roadways.  This roadway (Forestry Drive) allows traffic to flow in an easterly and westerly direction.  Oak Leaf Drive located to the east of Bray Hall and the west of Walters Hall allows traffic to exit campus from the south to the north.

Directly adjacent to the Old M&O Building is a footpath into Oakwood Cemetery that can be utilized without any modifications. It may be difficult to use this footpath during snowy winter conditions.


Unannounced evacuation drills are coordinated three times a year by the University Police and Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Departments by activation of individual building fire alarms.  Faculty, staff and students learn the locations of the emergency exits and general routes to follow.  Evacuation routes are posted on each floor of each building.  The purpose of evacuation drills is to prepare building occupants for an organized evacuation in the event of an emergency.  EHS and University Police observe drills with an eye toward educating evacuees and identifying malfunctioning equipment to appropriate Physical Plant staff for immediate repairs.