In the event of a fire, stay calm, notify the fire department (911), and follow the directions of fire department or School personnel. If immediate action is required, use your judgment as to the safest course of action, guided by the following information:
Fire Department Information Centers
Every building on campus is equipped with a Fire Department Information Center (FDIC). The FDIC contains an emergency pre-plan which provides details regarding the physical aspects of the building, impediments to evacuation, and floor plans. The FDIC in each building is:
Within each FDIC, Campus Safety has placed copies of all personal emergency plans (including names, room numbers, and contact information) for those persons who have submitted one. It has also placed data from the Confidential Self-Identification Questionnaire in the FDICs. The Director of Facilities and Campus Safety updates the FDICs semesterly.
Before Any Incident, Be Prepared
Immediate Actions – Evacuating a Building
Immediate Action – Once You are Outside
Awaiting Rescue If You Cannot Exit a Room or Building
If a Person’s Clothing Catches Fire
Using a Fire Extinguisher
When using an extinguisher, the key concept to remember is “PASS”
If use of a fire extinguisher does not immediately reduce the fire, do not keep trying. Immediately exit the area and, if possible, evacuate the building.
Follow the lead of the Manhattan School of Music “Fire Wardens”
In order to increase the ability of community members to exit the building in the case of a fire, MSM has selected Fire Wardens on each of its floors in both the Main Building and Andersen Hall. This team of wardens is trained twice annually by Corker Fire Drill company. These fire wardens will be strategically placed in key areas of each floor at MSM, aiding community members to find the most appropriate exit from the building.
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When you encounter a person in need of medical attention, immediately call 911 or Campus Safety at 917-493-4444. Within Andersen Hall, you can also contact Residence Life at 917-858-9915 or 917-858-9892.
If you are trained, provide appropriate first aid while awaiting the arrival of emergency responders.
Immediate Actions, Wherever You Are
If You Are Trapped in an Elevator
What to Report to Authorities about a Power Outage
If you find yourself in an Active Shooter event, your survival may depend on whether or not you have a plan. The plan doesn’t have to be complicated. There are three things you could do that make a difference: Run. Hide. Fight.
Run: If you can get out, do. Always try and escape or evacuate, even if others insist on staying. Encourage others to leave with you, but don’t let them slow you down with indecision. Leave your belongings behind and try to find a way to get out safely. Do NOT pull the fire alarm. Once you are out and safe, try to prevent others from entering the danger zone and call 9-1-1.
Hide: If you can’t evacuate safely, hide. Act quickly and quietly, try to secure your hiding place the best you can. Turn out lights and if possible, remember to lock doors. If the door does not lock, improvise and use large furniture/equipment to barricade yourself in. Silence your ringer and vibration mode on your cell phone. If you can’t find a safe room or closet, try to conceal yourself behind large objects that may protect you. Do your best to remain quiet and calm.
Fight: As a last resort, if your life is at risk, whether you’re alone or working together as a group: Fight. Act with aggression. Improvise weapons and disarm the shooter. Commit to taking the shooter down, no matter what.
Try to be aware of your environment. Always have an exit plan. In an incident like this, victims are generally chosen randomly. The event is unpredictable and may evolve quickly. The first responders on the scene are not there to evacuate or tend to the injured. They are well trained and are there to stop the shooter.
Your actions can make a difference for your safety and survival. Be aware, and be prepared. Remember: Run. Hide. Fight.
Your hiding place should:
Fight – As a last resort, and only if your life is in danger:
When Law Enforcement Arrives:
No one wants to consider the possibility of an armed threat, but you can protect yourself by knowing how to “Lockdown” and also by familiarizing yourself with these other strategies. For more information on response to an Active Shooter/Armed Threat, go to All Hazards Guide – Lockdown or Lockout.
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Bomb threats or suspicious packages present potentially very dangerous situations and should always be reported to authorities as soon as possible. It is important, however, to handle such situations properly in order to reduce the risk of serious injury to yourself or others.
What Are Some of the Things that Could Make a Package “Suspicious”?
If You Observe a Suspicious Object or Potential Bomb
If You Receive a Suspicious Package by Mail or Messenger
If You Receive a Bomb or Attack Threat by Phone
If There Is an Explosion
Severe Weather Preparedness
Some weather events and natural disasters are preceded by warnings and directives by federal and local emergency management personnel, as communicated by media sources. Others, like tornadoes and earthquakes, may occur suddenly and without warning.
When severe weather threatens, please check frequently for school and event closings at news sources, on the MSM website, and on your e-mail and SMS system. MSM will initiate notifications when severe weather bulletins are issued for the immediate area according to its Emergency Communications Strategy.
Please keep in mind that, during nearly any weather event, the safest place to be is inside a secure structure. Most injuries during a weather event or natural disaster occur as a result of broken glass, flying debris, wind, water, or cold.
Do not leave the safety of a building or initiate a building evacuation once severe weather strikes, without first consulting Campus Safety and determining whether evacuation is safe and recommended.
Different Weather Situations
Any kind of weather “watch”
During a “watch,” normal School operations will usually continue. Students and employees should keep a close eye on changing weather conditions and be prepared to take action when necessary. It is also advisable to plan what you will do and what items you will need should the storm arrive. Updates, including class and event cancellations, will be posted on the School’s website and sent out via email according to MSM’s Emergency Communications Strategy.
Heavy snow or blizzard
Although earthquakes are an unusual occurrence in New York, they can happen. When they do, they occur without warning and may be so violent that you cannot run or crawl. The initial impulse may be to evacuate a building, but often it is not advisable, or even possible, to evacuate yourself from a building until the initial quake stops. In addition, recent studies of injuries and deaths caused by earthquakes in the U.S indicate you are much more likely to be injured by falling objects than crushed in a collapsed building.
Usually, the best strategy is to stay inside and “Drop, Cover, and Hold On”:
When Indoors: How to Drop, Cover, and Hold On
In a Theater or Performance Space:
When Outdoors or Driving
What NOT to do in an earthquake
DO NOT run outside. Trying to run in an earthquake is dangerous, as the ground is moving and you can easily fall or be injured by debris or glass. Running outside is especially dangerous, as glass, bricks, or other building components may be falling. You are much safer to stay inside and get under a table.
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General Information About Gas and Gas Leak Risks
Immediate Actions If You Suspect a Gas Leak
What Else To Do
CAUTION – DO NOT
Most campus or nearby demonstrations such as marches, meetings, picketing or rallies will be peaceful and non-obstructive and should not be interfered with. Most will not trigger any level of concern. However, an immediate notification should be made to Campus Safety (917-493-4444) or 911 if any of the following occurs:
Peaceful, Non-Disruptive Demonstrations
Non-Violent but Disruptive Demonstrations
Violent, Disruptive Demonstrations
In the event that a violent demonstration in which injury to persons or property occurs or appears imminent:
Provide assistance to persons with mobility-related disabilities or others who need help. Immediately notify Campus Safety (917-493-4444) if persons with mobility-related disabilities or others are in a flooding area and need to be relocated.
Use EXTREME Caution
Stop to protect items from water damage only if it is safe to do so
A person suffering a psychological emergency or considering suicide may display pre-violent behavior before acting out. These behaviors can vary greatly depending on an individual’s personality, resolve for destruction or even level of intoxication, thus making it difficult to describe. The signs may not be obvious to a stranger or only detectable because of a level of intimacy shared with a person in crisis.
Anytime you encounter behavior that you believe might imminently lead to violence toward the person or others, call 911 immediately. You also should not hesitate to contact the C.A.R.E. team here if you are concerned but do not think the situation is an emergency.
If you are with a person who appears solely intent on self-destruction, remain with him or her only if you believe it is safe to do so. While keeping an eye on him or her, call 911 and describe for the Operator the person’s behavior. If at any time you feel threatened, you should leave the person alone and go to a place where you can safely call 911.
Stay on the phone with the 911 operator until the Operator ends the call. Provide information requested, including the identity of the person at risk, your location, the location of the person at-risk, and the basis for concern.
If such an emergency occurs in Andersen Hall, you should also feel free to contact a Residence Life representative or Campus Safety (917-493-4444).
Emotional and mental wellness is an enormous concern within the campus community. There are far too many examples of what can happen when stress, physical abuse, substance abuse, chemical imbalances, and other issues overwhelm others, leading them to lose the ability to function – or even act destructively toward themselves or others.
Often, people caught in such a struggle will indicate their situation through behaviors like:
What to do if you are concerned
Manhattan School of Music is committed to creating an environment in which students and employees feel safe to live, work, and focus upon education and art. The School is strongly committed to minimizing the occurrence of sexual misconduct, to providing needed support to individuals who have been impacted by sexual misconduct, and to providing prompt and equitable investigation and resolution of allegations. To review the School’s complete policy, please go to Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Policy.
If you believe you have been the victim of sexual misconduct (including sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault), you have many reporting options and options for obtaining support, treatment, and resources
Further assistance is available from
In the event of an epidemic or outbreak of communicable disease, the School will work closely with public health and civil authorities to determine whether social distancing plans should be implemented, including but not limited to class cancellations, closure of public venues, and other appropriate protective measures. The School’s goal is to keep the campus community healthy and safe.
The School will update the campus community through a combination of website and social media postings, electronic notifications, and other methods, should any such emergency procedures or public health notifications be warranted. In the case of a flu outbreak, please check the School’s website frequently and follow guidance on changes to campus operations.
Serious respiratory illness like influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) are spread by coughing or sneezing and unclean hands. General tips for reducing your risk during a flu or any other epidemic may include:
All Hazard Guide
Incident-Specific Emergency Directions
Individuals with Disabilities
Preparedness, Prevention, and Recovery
Precollege Reunification Plan
MSM Summer Reunification Plan