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Final Reminders About Wednesday's Emergency Drill

This is the final reminder about tomorrow’s “Shelter in Place” drill scheduled for between 10 and 11 a.m. By now, you should have acquainted yourself with the College’s emergency procedures, assessed your campus surroundings as you move throughout the day, updated your emergency contact information, and notified your family and friends that the College will be conducting a drill (so that they do not become alarmed should they see or hear one of our test messages).

Drill (test) notifications instructing folks to “shelter in place” will be distributed via New York Alert (text, phone, FAX and email), public address announcements, SUNY Orange email, MySUNYOrange, social media (Facebook and Twitter) and the College web site. These messages, which will allow us to gauge the effectiveness of our communications tools, will be labeled with “DRILL” and “TEST” so as not to create unnecessary alarm.

We ask that you remain calm and collected throughout the drill. We expect that it will take less than 60 minutes to complete. You should be prepared to receive messages via New York Alert. You will hear announcements on the loudspeaker systems on both campuses, and you may receive instructions from Safety and Security personnel stationed in each building.

Any students, staff or visitors who may find this emergency drill to be emotionally distressing are encouraged to avoid the campus or remain in their cars from 10 to 11 a.m. The entire College community is welcome to access the support services of the Wellness Center if they need to for any reason tomorrow.Once the drill concludes, “all clear” messages will be broadcast and sent via New York Alert.

Observation teams comprised of a security officer and a member of the College’s Emergency Management Team (along with members of the President’s Cabinet, Building Safety Volunteers and/or members of the Safety Committee) will be stationed in each building to oversee the execution of the drill and to offer assistance where necessary.

We will be soliciting feedback from the College community. Faculty members, department chairs and office managers have been given the attached feedback sheet for use during and after the drill. I am sharing this form (attached to this message) so that any member of the College community can offer information that they feel is important. You may also send feedback directly to



Ed Kiely
Safety and Security