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Live Emergency Drill Planned for Later This Semester

College community

I wanted to alert you to an emergency management drill that the College is planning for later this semester. At some point, we will initiate a live “shelter in place” drill for one of our academic buildings on the Middletown campus.

The drill will occur randomly, without any further advance notice, and will be designed to test the response of students, faculty, staff and our Security personnel.

We will do our best to minimize the intrusion upon the academic schedule, but I feel it is important to run such a live test periodically so that the College community is prepared in the event that a real emergency should occur.

Afterward, we will solicit feedback from those involved to see what, if any, improvements need to be made in our response and our planning.

In preparation for this drill, I ask that you review the College’s “shelter in place” procedures (included below and available on the “red flip charts” stationed in each classroom) and simply think about how you’d respond should a “shelter in place” order be issued for your location.

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If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Safety and Security Staff at 341-4710.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation.




“Shelter-in-Place” Procedure

An emergency situation may prevent the safe evacuation of a SUNY Orange building and require steps to isolate students, staff and faculty from danger. Depending on the situation, the College or specific areas of the College may need to be completely secured from the inside.

When necessary, personnel from Safety & Security will lock any open doors manually or by computer system. Communication via College portable radios is permissible as long as the incident does not involve an explosive device or a suspect in possession of a radio or scanner. 

When the College requires a Shelter-in-Place procedure, the following announcements will be made and repeated several times using all available campus communication resources, including the SUNY Orange e-mail system, web site, interior building monitors, loudspeakers, telephone messaging and wireless technology.


“Staff and instructors, please secure your students and or staff in your area immediately, until further notice by Supervisor or security designees.”

During a Shelter-in-Place situation, special attention will also be given to the areas of the College where numerous students are gathered in an unsecured environment, such as the Shepard Center cafeteria, Orange Hall Theatre and the Library. Arrangements will be made so those students in these areas can be moved to nearby secure locations, if necessary.


Response to a “Secure-in-Place” Announcement

When an employee/instructor hears the “Shelter-in-Place” announcement, he or she should follow these directions:

  • Secure the classroom/office door immediately, utilizing door locks, desks, chairs, etc.
  • Advise students/employees that there is some type of emergency ongoing.
  • Project a calm attitude to maintain student behavior.
  • If necessary, keep all students/employees sitting on the floor, away from doors and windows.
  • Use caution and discretion in allowing entry into the classroom/office. Request College ID for safety measures.
  • Take attendance and prepare a list of missing students/employees and extra students/employees in the room. Prepare to take this list with you when you are directed to leave the classroom/office.
  • If there is a cell phone, you may call the following numbers:


                                  Middletown             Newburgh

Safety and Security    (845) 341-4710        (845) 341-9533


  • Remain in the room until a police officer, a SUNY Orange Safety & Security officer or a member of the Emergency Management Team comes to the room with directions.
  • When or if people are moved from the room, assist them in moving as quietly and quickly as possible to assigned areas.
  • Fire alarm activation is not used normally to signal evacuation of a building during a Shelter-in-Place procedure. You should not evacuate unless directed by Safety & Security personnel or officials from local police or fire departments.

Dr. William Richards
President's Office