What You Can Do Now to Prepare

Emergency preparedness is the most important step in minimizing effects of an emergency. Our recommendations are as follows:

  • Keep enough emergency supplies in your office, room or car (medication, flashlight, comfortable shoes, bottled water, food, batteries, and portable radio) for up to seventy-two hours in case of a serious emergency.
  • Post this emergency procedures information in a visible location.
  • Become familiar with the quickest exit routes from your building.
  • Locate the nearest fire extinguisher and pull station, and register for a fire-extinguisher training course.
  • Register for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, AED, first-aid, crime prevention, or other safety training courses.
  • Prepare a plan for yourself and your family specifying what to do, where to go, and how to cope until you are all able to get home. Designate an out-of-state relative or friend to act as a contact for separated family members.

Important Phone Numbers and Radio Stations

Phone Numbers

  • Potsdam Police - 315-265-2121 
  • Police, Fire, and Medical Emergencies - 911
    If calling 9-1-1 on a cell phone identify your location as Clarkson University
  • Campus Emergency Maintenance - 315-268-6439
  • Campus Information - 268-6638

Radio Stations

  • Campus Radio - WTSC 91.1 FM
  • Campus Television - WCKN Channel 30 & 98
  • Local Updates - WSLU 89.5

What to Do if There is a Bomb Threat

Threat by Phone

If you receive a telephone call about a bomb threat please see the below steps.

  1. Do not hang up. Remain calm
  2. Take the caller seriously. Assume the threat is real
  3. If you have a digital phone, look for originating number
  4. Ask questions using the checklist below as a guide
  5. Do no use cell phone, two-way radio, or any wireless communication device, as it can trigger the bomb
  6. Have a coworker call ext.6666 on another line, or call ext.6666 yourself immediately after hanging up
  7. Inform your supervisor if you need time away due to the stress caused by the threat


Threat By Mail

If you receive a bomb threat/suspicious package by mail and have the package in your possession please refer to the following. Remember, suspicious packages are not limited to those delivered by a commercial or U.S. postal carrier.  The following characteristics have been designated by the U.S. Post Office and the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms as indicators of suspicious packages:

  1. Call the Department of Campus Safety & Security, ext.6666.
  2. Lumps, bulges, or protrusions on package
  3. A lopsided or heavy-sided package or excessive masking tape
  4. Handwritten addresses or labels from companies (check to see if the company exists and if they sent a package or letter)
  5. Packages wrapped in string
  6. Excess postage on small packages or letters
  7. No postage or uncanceled postage
  8. Handwritten notes, such as, "To Be Opened in the Privacy of," "Confidential," "Your Lucky Day Is Here," "Prize Enclosed"
  9. Restrictive markings such as "confidential" or "personal"
  10. Improper spelling of common names, places, or titles
  11. Generic or incorrect titles.  Titles with no name attached
  12. Leaks, stains, or protruding wires, string, tape, etc.
  13. Hand delivered or "dropped off for a friend" packages or letters
  14. No return address or nonsensical return address
  15. Foreign mail, air mail, and special-delivery packages
  16. Any letter or packages arriving before or after a phone call from an unknown person asking if the item was received
  17. Move people away.  Do not move or open the package.  Do not investigate too closely.  Do not cover or insulate the package.

Civil Disturbance or Demonstration

What is a Civil Disturbance or Demonstration

Civil disturbances include riots, property damage, threatening individuals, or assemblies that have become significantly disruptive.

Demonstrations are visible actions designed to advocate a position on a particular issue. Most are peaceful and only occasionally cause an inconvenience; they become problematic when they obstruct University business. The Department of Campus Safety & Security and the Office of the Dean of Students attempt to monitor demonstrations that may become problematic. The Department of Campus Safety & Security observes all demonstrations that have a potential for violence, property damage, or disruption. Officers watch demonstrations and provide detailed descriptions of events as necessary.

What to Do In Case of a Civil Disturbance or Demonstration

If you see or come across a disturbance or demonstration take the following actions to minimize any risk to yourself or those around you.

  1. Avoid provoking or obstructing demonstrators
  2. Secure your area (lock doors and safes; remove files, vital records, and expensive equipment)
  3. Avoid area of disturbance
  4. Continue with normal routines as much as possible.
  5. If the disturbance is outside, stay away from doors or windows. Stay inside
  6. If officers are not already present, call the Department of Campus safety & Security ext. 6666, to alert them to the situation

Earthquake Preparedness

If a major earthquake were to occur, Clarkson University needs to be prepared to provide its own resources for an unlimited period of time. It is always a good idea to maintain some supplies in your room or office. The biggest risk factors from an earthquake are:

  • Falling objects (pictures, items in cupboards and on shelves, ceiling tiles and fixtures, furniture, file cabinets, and bookshelves)
  • Swinging doors and broken windows
  • Fires (from broken natural gas lines or electrical short circuits)

What to Do In An Earthquake

Inside a Building

  1. Stay inside
  2. Take cover underneath a desk or table or against an inside wall, protecting your head and neck
  3. Stay away from windows where glass can shatter and from objects that could fall on you
  4. Do not use elevators


  1. Stay in an open area away from trees, buildings, walls, and power lines.  Do not enter building
  2. Drop to your knees and get into a fetal position, close your eyes and cross your arms over the back of your neck for protection
  3. Stay in fetal position until the shaking stops
  4. In a moving vehicle, stop quickly and stay in the vehicle.  Once the shaking has stopped, proceed with caution.  Avoid bridges or ramps that may have been damaged by the quake

After the Shaking Stops

After shaking stops there are things you should do to minimize your risk and the risk to those around you:

  1. Be prepared to evacuate if instructed to do so.  The decision to evacuate campus will be based on the severity of the earthquake and the damage to the buildings
  2. Do not use regular or cellular phones except to report serious injuries
  3. If personnel are instructed to evacuate, see Evacuation section of this guide
  4. Assist in the building evacuation of people with special needs
  5. Tune portable radios to WSLU 89.5 FM for local updates, and follow instructions given
  6. The Department of Campus Safety & Security will provide instructions for immediate action by means of door-to-door alert, fire alarms, public address system. (if available)
  7. Do not enter any building that is deemed to be or appears unsafe.  Leave the area if you smell gas or fumes from other chemicals
  8. Be prepared for after shocks
  9. Depending on the severity, evacuate the building
  10. Help injured or trapped people. Give first aid where appropriate. Do not move the seriously injured unless they are in immediate danger of further injury. Call for help!


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