Safety & Emergency Procedures

Safety & Emergency Procedures

Emergency Notification

In accordance with the Clery Act, LIM College will notify the campus community without delay upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or staff on campus. Warnings may only be withheld if they would compromise efforts to contain the emergency.

Sign up for the LIM College Emergency Notification System.

At LIM College we take the safety of our students, faculty and staff very seriously. We are committed to protecting the College community in the event of an emergency on campus or in New York City.  To achieve this, the College has partnered with Twenty First Century Communications to implement the LIM College Emergency Notification System.

In the event of an emergency on campus or in New York City, College authorities are able to quickly communicate to all students, faculty and administrative staff who have registered online with the LIM College Emergency Notification System. In a matter of minutes, each registered member of the LIM community will receive a communication alert from College authorities. The alert will be sent to each of the communication devices that a student, faculty or staff member specifies during their initial registration, including email accounts, cell phones, land lines and text messaging devices. Additional contact information may be added or current information may be updated at any time.

Emergency Notification System FAQ

How is an emergency being defined?

LIM College will only use the Emergency Notification System when it is imperative to contact students, faculty and staff as quickly as possible. This can include, but is not limited to, cancellation of classes due to a snowstorm, a fire requiring the evacuation or closing of a building, or an ongoing criminal incident that requires members of the LIM College community to take action to ensure their safety. Email will still be used to provide important information in a timely manner for situations that do not rise to the level of an emergency.

What contact information should I provide?

The Emergency Notification System allows you to provide up to three phone numbers and two email addresses. By default, your LIM College email account will be one of those email addresses. You can then add another email address you use frequently (for examples: hotmail or gmail), a cell phone number where you receive text messages, and other telephone numbers (examples: your cell phone, your dorm room or apartment, your parents home) you would like to receive the emergency voice message. We encourage you to add as many points of contact as possible, as it will increase the likelihood of being promptly notified in an emergency situation.

Why should I sign up for more than one way to get an emergency message?

An emergency can happen at any time and while you are in any place. Having more than one way for LIM College to contact you helps ensure that you will get the necessary notification and information as quickly as possible.

What will show up on my caller ID / email account when I am contacted by the Emergency Notification System?

866-669-9442 will display on your caller ID when the Emergency Notification System contacts you with a voice message. We recommend that you pre-program this number into your phone as "LIM Alert" so that you will know when you are being contacted with a message from the Emergency Notification System. When you receive an email message from the system, limalert@limcollege.edu will display as the sender's address. We recommend you add this address to the "Safe" address list for your external email account. When a text message is received, the sender's ID will vary, based on your individual carrier.

Can I sign up to receive (SMS) text messages on more than one cell phone?

No. You can only receive text messages at one cell phone number. You can opt to receive voice messages on two phone numbers.

Can I receive both text and voice messages on the same cell phone?

Yes. You must enter the cell phone number in both the text message box and in a phone number box.

What should I do if I get a new phone number or email address?

Once you have signed up for the Emergency Notification System, you can log on and update your information at any time. The sign-up page can be found as a link on the LIM website. Just use your LIM College email address as your username and enter the password you created when you signed up.

Once I sign up, do I need to do anything else?

You will need to sign up for the Emergency Notification System at the start of every academic year. The College will send an email to all students, faculty and staff reminding you to do this. Your information will be cleared from the system at the end of every academic year, so it is important that you take the time to re-register.

How will my contact information be used?

The information you provide will only be used for the Emergency Notification System. It will be kept private and confidential and will not be shared with any other entities.

Can parent(s) be notified of an emergency by the Emergency Notification System?

The Emergency Notification System is designed for current students, faculty and staff. However, if you choose to enter your parent(s) phone number or email address on the sign-up form, they will be able to receive messages from the Emergency Notification System.

If I choose text messaging as one of my methods of contact, will LIM College reimburse me for the cost of text messages received from the Emergency Notification System?

No. Please keep in mind that signing up to receive text messages is optional. While we recommend that you designate as many points of contact as possible, you may choose to limit your methods of contact to email and voice mail.

College Closings Due to Inclement Weather

The LIM College community has six ways to find out if the College is closing due to bad
weather. They are:

  1. An alert through the LIM College Emergency Notification System to specified communication devices which include email, cell phone, land line and text message.
  2. Beginning at 5:00 AM, an updated voice mail message indicating the status of classes for the day on the College’s main phone number (212-752-1530).
  3. A message on all LIM College email accounts.
  4. A posting on LIM College’s website under Student News.
  5. A listing on 880 WCBS AM on the radio, CBS television on channel 2, or on the WCBS website at http://www.wcbs880.com/ (click on the “school closings” link in the left column).
  6. A listing on 1010WINS AM on the radio or on the 1010WINS website at http://www.1010wins.com/ (click on the “school closings” link in the right column).

Fire Drills

Fire drills are held regularly throughout the year. They are taken seriously. No use of cell phones or talking is allowed during the drills.

The Townhouse (12 East 53rd Street)

The fire alarm consists of a loud horn blaring continuously. If in a classroom, follow the instructor’s directions. If in a non-class area, with no faculty or administration available, such as a bathroom or lounge, follow the posted instructions without waiting for a faculty or staff member. During the evacuation process, there should be no sauntering. Leave your area immediately and proceed to the street. Follow the directions of the Fire Safety Director, keeping the front of the building clear until the Fire Safety Director indicates that you may re-enter the building. In order to exit the building promptly and in an orderly fashion, the following procedures should be followed:

Exit Up to the First Floor via the Main Stairwell from the Lower Level:
Lower Level Offices

Exit Down to the First floor via the Main Stairwell (center of the building):
Classrooms 5331, 5332, 5333, 5341, 5342, 5343, 5361, Faculty Offices and Executive Offices

Exit Down to the First Floor via the Fire Escape and thru FashionOpolis:
Classrooms 5351, 5352, 5344, 5345, Offices of Admissions, Student Financial Services, Human Resources, and the Student Lounge

Instructors will open the fire escape doors at the front of the classrooms and have the students exit onto the fire escape, proceeding immediately by the outside fire stairs to the ground level, thru FashionOpolis and out onto the street. Instructors follow the last student, closing the exit door behind them.

The Dept. of Experiential Education & Career Management (226 East 54th Street)

The fire alarm consists of a cyclical chirping. All students, faculty and staff are asked to quickly exit in an orderly fashion thru the main stairwell. Once out of the building, turn left or right and proceed down the street so the front of the building is not blocked, allowing everyone to exit.

Maxwell Hall (216 East 45th Street)

The fire alarm consists of a loud whooping sound. At the sound of the alarm, remain quiet and listen for instructions. The designated fire warden on each floor will call the Fire Safety Director from the fire warden callbox. An announcement will be made over the public announcement system notifying occupants of which exit to use when vacating the building.

Fifth Avenue (545 Fifth Avenue)

Scenario Number One: Once the fire alarm sounds, the building Fire Safety Director will make an announcement through the public address system providing instructions. Staff, faculty and students will follow the instructions. In case there is no announcement made, the Fire Warden or Deputy Fire Warden should call the fire command station to be given instructions by the Fire Safety Director. In case of an evacuation, the Fire Safety Director will outline any special instructions.

Scenario Number Two: If there is a visible fire or smoke on the floor and the alarm did not sound, anyone can pull the fire alarm device located by the emergency exits. Everyone should then wait for instructions for the safest way to evacuate the building.

1760 Residence Hall (1760 Third Avenue)

Emergency procedures for the residence hall can be found on the College’s website and in the Residence Handbook which is distributed to all resident students.

If You See Fire or Smoke

  1. If you do not see a faculty or staff member or can not pull the alarm, Call the Fire Department at 911.
  2. Do not use the elevators.
  3. Stay calm, do not panic. Stay low in smoke conditions. Close doors to confine fire and smoke.
  4. Feel doors and do not open them if they are hot to the touch.

Familiarize Yourself

  1. With information about fire drills at the College
  2. With all fire exits and re-entry doors
  3. With Fire alarm boxes throughout the College and how to use them


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