Public Safety Department

Berkeley College Emergency Management Plan


A. Crisis Media Policy

B. Disaster Information Policy

The preceding information applies to all Berkeley College campuses.

Below, please find the public access emergency contact numbers for use in case of an emergency. For security reasons, no site-specific information for each campus is posted on this site.

C. Midtown Manhattan

D. Brooklyn

E. White Plains

F. Newark

G. Paramus

H. Woodbridge

I. Woodland Park


Policy Statement and Objectives of the Plan

The purpose of the Berkeley College Emergency Management Master Plan is to establish policies, procedures, and an organizational structure for response to emergencies throughout the Berkeley College system. The plan contains clear strategies and roles played by the campus-based Emergency Management Team during the initial response and throughout the emergency. The plan also outlines the responsibilities of the Crisis Management Team, consisting of the College President and senior administrators. Nothing in this plan shall be construed in a manner that limits the use of good judgment and common sense in matters not foreseen or covered by the elements of the plan.

BES associates are subject to the plan for the campus at which their office is located. The plan and organization shall be subordinate to state and federal plans during a disaster declaration by those authorities.


Organizational Statement, Roles, and Responsibilities

The Emergency Management Plan is a campus-based plan that guides the Emergency Management Team during a major emergency. The team leaders or their designees at each campus would be responsible for the following actions:

  • Ensuring that notification is made to emergency responders (police department, fire department, emergency medical services, etc.).
  • Coordinating with responding emergency services personnel.
  • Ensuring that notification is made to the Emergency Management Team (EMT) along with the Crisis Management Team (CMT).
  • Ensuring that Command Centers (designated places at each location) are operational with all necessary communication and emergency equipment. (A secondary Command Center will also be designated where reasonable.)
  • Determining if a lockdown or a full or partial evacuation of any building is necessary, and initiating that process if warranted.


Contact numbers for emergency service units (fire, police, emergency management service), along with Government agencies (Office of Emergency Management, Board of Health, Environmental Protection Agency, Poison Control Center, American Red Cross, Federal Office of Emergency Management and the National Response Center for Chemical, Oil and Chemical/Biological Terrorism) are also maintained at the Command Centers. Medical facilities, utility companies (electricity, water, gas, and telephone) and contractors (elevator, plumbing, electrical, sprinkler, hazardous material cleanup, and smoke/fire restoration) are maintained along with emergency contact numbers for all current staff, faculty, and students.

Emergency Equipment

Each campus is equipped with a reasonable supply of emergency needs.

Emergency Management Team

Each campus has identified an Emergency Management Team (EMT). Under the team's direction, the EMT will be responsible for assessment and implementation of emergency procedures (evacuations, lockdowns, crowd control, access controls, and coordination with responding emergency services). The EMT consists of representatives from:

  • Security
  • Buildings and Grounds
  • Student Development and Campus Life
  • Information Systems
  • Other designated personnel

Crisis Management Team

In the event of a major emergency, an executive-level Crisis Management Team will gather to direct the handling of the crisis.

Communication with the Community and General Public

In the event of an emergency, Berkeley College’s 800 Information Line (1-866-232-5147) will become an Information Hotline Number that will provide information regarding individuals confirmed to be on campus.

Berkeley College has a mass notification system called BERK-ALERT. Prior to or during an emergency situation, we have the ability to notify students, faculty, staff, and others that we may deem necessary via text messaging, emails, cell phones, and home and business phones of any pending emergency.

Community Roles

Each community member has a role to play during an emergency,

Role of students:

Every student should familiarize themselves with the emergency procedures and evacuation routes in buildings they live in or use frequently. They should evacuate buildings in an orderly manner when an alarm sounds or when directed to do so by emergency personnel. They should evacuate to pre-designated Emergency Assembly Areas.

Role of Faculty and Staff:

Every member of the faculty and staff should familiarize themselves with emergency procedures and evacuation routes.