Emergency Preparedness

Current Status

Operating according to normal schedules

Responding to an Emergency

  • First call 911 in any emergency that requires immediate police, fire or medical response to preserve life or property. (Do not dial 5-911 or 9-911.)
  • You can also use any outdoor Blue Light phone (situated throughout the campus) or designated emergency phone (in various campus buildings) to report a campus emergency. Just pick up the receiver.

Responding to Specific Emergency Situations

Injury or Medical Emergency

  • Call 911. Notify Cornell Police of the location, nature and extent of the injury. Always call from a safe location.
  • Protect victim from further injury by removing any persistent threat to the victim.
  • Do not delay in obtaining trained medical assistance.
  • Do not attempt to move an injured person unless it is absolutely necessary to prevent further injury.
  • Provide First Aid until help arrives if you have appropriate training and equipment and the victim consents. Automated External Defibrillator (AED) equipment is available in the hallway just off the Library, in the Conference Center, and in the Ives Faculty Building.
  • Calmly assure the injured person that help is on the way.
  • Send someone outside to escort emergency respondents to the appropriate location.

Power Outage

  • Immediately, assess the extent of the outage.
  • Report outage to the Ithaca Building Manager at (607) 255-9071, Lead Emergency Coordinator, (607) 255-6957. If neither are available, call Cornell Customer Service, (607) 255-5322.
  • Are there hazards created by the power outage? Take necessary actions to preserve human safety and health.
  • Assist other building occupants to move to safe locations.
  • Turn off and/or unplug nonessential electrical equipment and computers.
  • Avoid touching equipment that is smoking, sparking, tripping circuit breakers or giving electric shocks.
  • If needed, open windows for additional light and ventilation.


  • Call 911 and notify the Cornell Police of the location and size of the fire. Always call from a safe location.
  • Alert others in the immediate area and evacuate the area.
  • Confine the fire by closing all doors and windows as you leave the room, if time permits.
  • Activate the building Fire Alarm System as you leave.
  • Follow established Emergency Evacuation Procedures. Primary and secondary exits are shown on maps posted throughout the ILR complex in all public spaces and corridors and on the backs of office doors.
  • Once outside, notify EH&S Emergency Responders of the location, nature and size of the fire.
  • If you have been trained and it is safe to do so, you may attempt to extinguish the fire with a portable fire extinguisher. If you have not been trained to use a fire extinguisher, you must evacuate the area.